July 17, 2009 12:14 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Gerald Keddy Opens Afghanistan Exhibit at the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - Today, Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade and Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's, Gerald Keddy, opened Afghanistan360, the Government of Canada's new multimedia exhibit on Canada's combined total civilian and military work in Afghanistan. Currently on display at the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, the exhibit features the ability to record short video messages to currently serving civilians and soldiers.

"Our government made a commitment to communicate more frequently on Afghanistan. This exhibit, which is traveling across Canada, shows the courageous work being done by our civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan," said Parliamentary Secretary Gerald Keddy. "All Canadians can take pride in the work their fellow citizens are doing to make a difference in the lives of Afghans. I invite everyone to come out to the Tall Ships Festival to view the Afghanistan360 exhibit," continued Parliamentary Secretary Keddy.

"My time in Afghanistan was an incredible personal challenge with unparalleled satisfaction for helping improve Afghan security and rule of law, while representing Canada abroad", said Constable Jeff Hirsch. "Unstable societies offer ample opportunities for crime to flourish, so the Canadian police community understands that a safer world means a safer Canada. By helping Afghan National Police fight crime in their communities, our contribution may help reduce the spread of crime to our communities," continued said Cst. Jeff Hirsch from the RCMP who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan and toured the exhibit with Parliamentary Secretary Keddy.

The exhibit offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about progress in the six focused areas in which Canada is providing assistance in Afghanistan: training Afghan National Security Forces, assisting the Government of Afghanistan in providing basic services to its population, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, enhancing border security, facilitating political reconciliation, and helping the Afghan government to increase the capacity for democratic governance and national institutions.

The exhibit also showcases Canada's three signature projects in Afghanistan-the rehabilitation of the second largest source of water for agricultural irrigation, the Dahla Dam, the rebuilding or construction of 50 schools in key districts of Kandahar province, and our effort, along with international health partners and other donor countries to work to eradicate polio from Afghanistan.

Following the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, Afghanistan360 will be at the World Police and Fire Games in Vancouver, from July 29th to July 31st, Burnaby, from August 2nd to the 8th, the South Shore Exhibition at Bridgewater, from the 28th of July to the 2nd of August, and Expo Quebec 2009 in Quebec City from August 19th to the 30th. For additional confirmed Afghanistan360 venues click on the Afghanistan360 button found at

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office