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Peter McGovern: 'I am delighted to wish you happy Canada Day, on our great country’s 149th birthday'
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Today, Canadians believe in a tolerant peaceful pluralism; in protecting human rights; in gender equality; in internationalism; in a democratic society that supports middle class values; and in helping those in need around the world.

Embassy of Canada to Italy shared on Facebook:

'Dear Friends,

I am delighted to wish you happy Canada Day, on our great country’s 149th birthday. Just one more year to Canada’s 150th and already the preparations have begun! Let’s take some time today, and in the next few months in the lead up to 2017, to truly reflect on how far we have come as a country. From early days when Aboriginals, French and British, came together to form Canada, our national identity has been shaped by our diversity.
Today, Canadians believe in a tolerant peaceful pluralism; in protecting human rights; in gender equality; in internationalism; in a democratic society that supports middle class values; and in helping those in need around the world. Canadians from coast to coast to coast are re-energized and we are reaching out to each other to use our ingenuity to solve today’s problems. We are tackling climate change. We are reaching out to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in an honest and open way to forge new relationships based on understanding and reconciliation. We are consulting with Canadians to make the best decisions in many areas, including international assistance, trade and investment, defence and innovation. We have invigorated our work on the world stage. We are on a quest for peace, security, sustainable development, respect for diversity and human rights and justice for all. And, we reach out across the world to support vulnerable populations and those in crisis.
As we celebrate Canada Day this year, let’s take time to reflect on how our rich history and cultural diversity has shaped our country. In the lead up to 2017, we invite all Canadians to consider the main themes of our Government’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation:
Diversity and inclusion - We want to continue building a welcoming Canada where there is a place for everyone, a Canada where everyone can reach his or her full potential.
Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples - We want to support reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples and make use of the 150thanniversary to reaffirm our intent to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Youth - We want to continue to engage young people and give them the means to contribute to our society, because they are the ones who will shape tomorrow's Canada.
Environment - We want to be the custodians of our environment, because it is a source of our country's wealth and pride. We want to bring Canadians closer to nature in order to strengthen their environmental awareness.
Together, we will shape the future of our great country.
Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada! Buona Festa del Canada!

Ambassador
Peter McGovern'

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