Ottawa, Ontario
March 20, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of La Francophonie:

“On the International Day of La Francophonie, we join Francophones in Canada and around the world to celebrate the French language and francophone culture.

“Throughout our history, Francophones have helped make Canada a dynamic, inclusive and open country. Today, we celebrate the many contributions of this community, which has played and continues to play a central role in building Canada, as well as the values that unite us such as cooperation, solidarity and democracy.

“This day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the deep ties we share with the global Francophone community. Canada is committed to continue building a better world by promoting the values we hold dear, including peace, diversity and respect for human rights.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to everyone around the world celebrating the International Day of La Francophonie.”

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