Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 09, 2009 15:39 ET

Minister Kenney Recognizes Commonwealth Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today made the following statement in recognition of Commonwealth Day.

"On this day, Canada proudly displays the Royal Union Flag, also known as the "Union Jack," as a symbol of our membership in the Commonwealth and our allegiance to the Queen. From sunrise to sunset, the Royal Union Flag is flown alongside the national flag at airports, military bases and other federal buildings and establishments across Canada.

"Commonwealth Day provides an opportunity for almost one billion people throughout the world to reflect on their common heritage and to appreciate the contributions that the Empire made to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law around the world.

"The Union Jack is a proud reminder that Canadians achieved independence fighting for the Empire and not against it.

"Pluralism binds our diverse peoples together. And this pluralism has flourished here in Canada under the Union Jack and the Maple Leaf.

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

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