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Canada Remembers President John F. Kennedy

November 22, 2013 - Dallas, Texas - Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will attend the commemorative public memorial and tribute to former U.S. President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas, Texas. Five thousand people are expected to attend the event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas where the 35th president of the United States was shot. 

“It is with heavy hearts that Canadians remember this tragic event that occurred 50 years ago, an event that profoundly changed the world,” said Minister Flaherty. “President Kennedy has left an indelible legacy of promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and a commitment to public service.”  

In Canada, President Kennedy will be remembered for his May 17, 1961, address before the Canadian parliament, wherein he described the Canada-U.S. relationship in terms that continue to resonate today: “Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.”

Attending this event demonstrates Canada’s continued friendship with the United States as a trusted friend, partner, and ally—a connection that has lasted for decades.

“The friendship of our two countries is one rooted in deep history and is admired around the world for the strength of its bonds,” said Flaherty. “We as people, and as nations, have stood shoulder-to-shoulder through heartbreak and triumph. It is the strength and resolve of Canadians and Americans alike that have made our countries peaceful and prosperous, now, and well into our future.”

The sympathies of all Canadians go out to the American people as they mark this important day in American history.

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