Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 10, 2014 08:45 ET

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Commonwealth Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) - It is always a pleasure to mark Commonwealth Day, celebrating the oldest political organization of sovereign states.

The theme for 2014 is "#TeamCommonwealth," and it expresses the spirit of friendship and motivation that exists within the Commonwealth. This wonderful community of nations is based on common objectives and values that foster co-operation among its members. One of the driving forces that inspire this alliance of over two billion people is the promotion of democratic processes, respect for human rights, and sustainable development-concepts that Canadians hold dear.

I believe it is important for each of us to think about the kind of society we would like to have, and to work tirelessly to achieve that vision of a better world. By working together and helping one another, I know we can all achieve our full potential. Indeed, I have just completed a highly productive State visit focussed on innovation, entrepreneurship and education. That visit was to India, the first republic with its own head of State to become a member of the Commonwealth.

Today in Canada, as in all the other 53 member countries, we have an occasion to celebrate our historical ties with the United Kingdom. Let us use this opportunity to recognize the achievements and success of all those who have helped, and continue to help, to build a smarter, more caring world.

David Johnston

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