A Statement by the Minister of State (Status of Women)

    OTTAWA, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of
State (Status of Women), today issued a statement on behalf of the Government
of Canada congratulating the people of Lithuania on the recent election of
President Grybauskaite.

    As Canada's Minister of State for the Status of Women, I am delighted to
    extend heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the Government of Canada to
    the people of the Republic of Lithuania on the historic election of the
    first woman President of Lithuania. Dr. Dalia Grybauskaite's landslide
    victory on May 17, 2009 - the largest margin to date - represents a
    momentous leap forward for the people of Lithuania and the Baltic States
    and a triumph for women throughout the world.

    Dr. Grybauskaite has been preparing herself for a leading role for many
    years. When she takes office on July 12, she will call upon her
    experiences as a visionary political leader, senior bureaucrat and
    academic. She will also call upon her working class roots and her early
    years as a factory worker and secretary.

    Currently serving as European Commissioner for Financial Programming and
    Budget, Dr. Grybauskaite has been a fearless proponent for
    competitiveness through research and development. In 2005, she was
    granted the award of "Commissioner of the Year."

    The Government of Canada is committed to advancing equality for women. We
    recognize that this goal is only possible when women can fully and
    actively participate in all aspects of civic life, including elected

    In December 1921, Agnes Macphail became the first woman in Canada elected
    to the House of Commons. Today we celebrate another milestone for women
    around the world. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I ask Canadians
    to join me in sending best wishes to President-elect Grybauskaite and to
    the people of the Republic of Lithuania.

For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4222

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