Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 09, 2011 13:43 ET

Minister MacKay Delivers Keynote 9/11 Address in New York

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, delivered a keynote luncheon address today in New York City, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The keynote address 9/11 Ten Years On: Canada-US Security Relations Today and Over the Coming Decade, is part of a larger half-day conference entitled A Decade of Evolving Partnership: A Look at the Canada-US Relationship Since September 11.

Minister MacKay took moments during his speech to reflect on the tragedies of 9/11, and also to convey the important security accomplishments since that day.

"The last decade of bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the U.S., our greatest ally, in the fight against terrorism, has led our two countries towards a more secure future," said Minister MacKay. "Canada and the U.S. now work together in a more integrated, cooperative way than ever before, addressing security challenges before they become serious threats."

Minister MacKay's speech reflected on how the North American security and defence relationship has evolved since 9/11 and ongoing efforts to broaden and deepen it.

"While terrorism continues to pose a threat to peace and security, we are far better equipped to deal with it today than we were 10 years ago. Comprehensive actions have been undertaken by our individual governments, bilaterally between our two countries, and by the international community to ensure that Al Qaeda and its affiliates are more marginalized than ever," said Minister MacKay.

Minister MacKay also spoke about the Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, a forward-looking framework announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in February 2011.

"This initiative will enable our countries to thrive in a globally competitive world economy, protecting ourselves from common threats that may impede our prosperity," said Minister MacKay.

Today's event was hosted by The Foreign Policy Association, a U.S. non-profit organization. Founded in 1918, it helps develop awareness, understanding of, and provides informed opinions on global issues.

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