June 01, 2009 12:38 ET

Canada's Excellence in Foreign Affairs and International Trade Celebrated With Stamp

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - Today, Canada Post issued a domestic rate stamp celebrating the centenary of the creation of the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Canada is recognized for its work in promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is a founding member of the United Nations (UN) as well as an active member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Commonwealth, and La Francophonie.

"Canada has a long and proud tradition on the world's diplomatic stage. I am delighted that Canada Post is issuing a stamp to commemorate the promotion of Canadian values and diplomacy abroad," said The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport). Minister Merrifield was pleased to be joined by Minister Lawrence Cannon for the official unveiling ceremony of the "Canadian Diplomacy" stamp.

Founded one hundred years ago, the department, first known as the Department of External Affairs, began life with offices over a barbershop in Ottawa. It is now respected worldwide for its forward-thinking dynamism. "Canada today is a byword around the globe for trustworthiness and common-sense impartiality," said Moya Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer at Canada Post. "The enormous respect held for our country is due to a great extent to the professionalism, excellence and talent exhibited over the years by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade."

The stamp's unique and intriguing design depicts a Canadian flag and a world globe intersecting midway. "We wanted to capture the philosophy of the department that has driven Canada's growing role on the world's diplomatic stage for the past century," explains David Craib, Creative Director at Ottawa's Parable Communications. "The intersection between these two symbols represents the fusion of global activities and sensitivities with our national identity, culture and ingenuity."

The 54-cent stamp measures 36 mm x 25.5 mm (horizontal) with 13+ perforations. Lowe-Martin printed 1.75 million stamps, which will be sold in panes of 16. The P.V.A. gum stamp was printed using lithography in seven colours plus varnish on Tullis Russell paper. They are general tagged on four sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel OTTAWA ON.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the News section of Canada Post's website, and a photo of this new stamp is also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.

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