New Look Celebrates Battle of Vimy Ridge while Boosting Security
GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Bruce Burrows, a Board member of The Vimy Foundation, unveiled Canada's new-look passport today. Canada's latest passport will contain images that showcase Canada's history and the building of our great nation; one such image will be that of the Vimy Memorial.
"The Harper Government should be commended for another federal initiative that showcases the best of Canadian history and which, quite frankly, makes us all proud of our shared past" said Mr. Burrows as he unveiled the new passport with Minister Baird.
Countries around the world review their passport designs and security features periodically to stay steps ahead of counterfeiters. The new passport will help facilitate legitimate trade and safe and secure travel.
The Vimy Foundation's mission is to preserve and promote Canada's 1st World War legacy, as symbolized by the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. This is an iconic moment in time for Canada where the country came of age and was recognized on the world stage.
The Foundation hopes to inspire youth and new Canadians by carrying out its mission through education and distribution of a pin and is honoured to have been included in the unveiling ceremonies today.
The first 5-year ePassports will be issued in select locations during the first quarter of 2013.
Image with caption: "From left to Right : The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Mr. John Baird, MP for Ottawa-Orleans Royal Galipeau and Bruce Burrows Member of the Board of the Vimy foundation. (CNW Group/VIMY FOUNDATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121026_C2603_PHOTO_EN_19788.jpg
SOURCE: VIMY FOUNDATION
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