Ottawa, Ontario
March 14, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Commonwealth Day:

“On Commonwealth Day, we come together to recognize the common ties and shared values that unite the citizens of the 53 member countries.

“Our Commonwealth family spans Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific; it includes more than two billion people, and many different backgrounds, cultures, and languages.

“Canada remains committed to protect and promote the key principles of the Commonwealth: democracy, inclusivity, and accountable governance. Moving forward, we will continue to promote human rights, advance the rights of women, and address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Our shared history and values – outlined in the Commonwealth Charter – provide the foundation for our nations to tackle the challenges ahead. In collaboration with our Commonwealth partners, we can ensure a brighter, better world for all generations to come.”