Minister of State Kent Marks Grenada’s Independence Day

(No. 57 - February 5, 2010 - 11:45 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today congratulated the people of Grenada as they prepare to celebrate their country’s 36th Independence Day on February 7.

“Canada salutes the people of Grenada as they mark their country’s independence,” said Minister of State Kent. “Our countries have a long history of close relations based on our shared Commonwealth history and cooperation in multilateral organizations such as the Organization of American States and the United Nations. Canada and Grenada also enjoy a long history of commercial ties and people-to-people links.

“Grenada plays a significant role in the Caribbean region and is an important partner for Canada. Grenada, also known as the “Spice Island,” welcomes many Canadian tourists throughout the year. Furthermore, Grenada’s diaspora in Canada is an important component of Canadian multicultural society. The diaspora’s contribution to Canadian society is highlighted annually at Toronto’s renowned Caribana Festival.

“Canada remains committed to strengthening relations and future cooperation with Grenada.”

For more information about Canada’s relations with Grenada, please see Canada-Grenada Relations.

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