Ottawa, Ontario - March 12, 2018

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

“Today, on Commonwealth Day, we join the citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations to celebrate our shared values and the strong bonds of cooperation and friendship that unite us.

“This year’s theme, Towards a Common Future, underscores our shared commitment to the ongoing goal of creating a better tomorrow for all.

“The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 states that spans from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean and the Pacific. Headed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth promotes the values of democracy, freedom, sustainable development, the rule of law, and human rights – especially those of women and girls. As a proud member, Canada will continue to promote and protect these values.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to take time today to learn more about the Commonwealth and its history.”