Commonwealth Games Canada Welcomes Minister Kent Hehr as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) congratulates the Honourable Kent Hehr on his appointment as the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. CGC looks forward to working with Minister Hehr in many areas including high performance sport as well as international development through sport.

"Congratulations to Minister Hehr on his appointment", said Richard Powers, President of Commonwealth Games Canada. "We look forward to working closely with the Minister in continuing to advance sport and the Commonwealth in Canada and abroad. We will work with him on harnessing the power of sport and Games, which we know have transformational impacts on our citizens and communities".

As the founder and four-time host of the Commonwealth Games (1930, 1954, 1978, 1994), Canada is considered one of the leading Commonwealth sport nations. On the foreign policy side, CGC supports the Government's initiatives with regards to international multilateral organizations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat. As in our hosting of major Games and international sport development, Canada has also been a leader within this Secretariat.

CGC looks forward to meeting with Minister Hehr in the coming weeks to discuss areas of mutual interest and also to provide information on Team Canada's participation at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April 2018.

CGC would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Minister, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, for her exceptional leadership and unwavering support to sport during her tenure as Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability. We wish her well in her new portfolio as Minister of Public Services and Procurement.


Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. CGC builds a better Commonwealth through sport. Visit for information.

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SOURCE Commonwealth Games Association of Canada

For further information: Commonwealth Games Canada, Brian MacPherson, Chief Executive Officer, 613.244.6868 x226,


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