OTTAWA, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - I encourage all Canadians to take time
today to learn more about Commonwealth Day as we reflect on Canada's
Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and her remarkable Diamond
Jubilee celebration year in 2012.
Every year, Commonwealth Day is observed on the second Monday in March.
The day allows Canadians, as well as citizens of the 53 other
Commonwealth member countries, to reflect on the ties that bind us and
the values we share.
The Commonwealth, headed by Queen Elizabeth II, upholds the fundamental
values and principles of democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and
On this day, buildings, airports, military bases and other federal
facilities in Canada will fly the Union Jack alongside the National
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I invite Canadians to discover one of the many facets of our heritage,
as a continuation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, in 2012,
and in preparation for Canada's 150th birthday, in 2017. Let us make Commonwealth Day a time to celebrate
everything that makes Canada the united, strong and free country that
we live in today.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages