Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 14, 2011 15:42 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing Commonwealth Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Commonwealth Day:

"Today Canadians mark Commonwealth Day. Every year, on the second Monday in March, we mark our membership in the Commonwealth by proudly displaying the Royal Union Flag, also known as the 'Union Jack'. Commonwealth Day is our opportunity to honour our history, demonstrate our allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, and to the peaceful development of our independent democratic institutions.

"Today, from sunrise to sunset, the 'Union Jack' will be flown alongside the Maple Leaf flag. This will occur at airports, military bases, and other federal buildings and installations across Canada, wherever there is a second flagpole. The Union Jack is a proud reminder of the period in Canadian history when this country earned its nationhood and independence for our achievements in the First and Second World Wars, a time when the Prime Minister of the day deliberately chose to fly the Union Jack over Parliament.

"The observance and celebration of Commonwealth Day also provides the opportunity for almost one billion people around the world to reflect on their common heritage and to appreciate the contributions that the Commonwealth has made to our freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law – the fundamental values that underpin Canadian society.

"It is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the tremendous contributions made to this country's rich and diverse heritage by those millions of Canadians who trace their roots to other Commonwealth nations.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I am pleased to join with Canadians and people around the world in celebrating Commonwealth Day."

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca