Statement by the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity) on Commonwealth Day
Ottawa, March 10, 2008
It is with great pleasure that I recognize Commonwealth Day.
On this day, Canada proudly displays the Royal Union flag, also known as the “Union Jack,” as a symbol of our membership in the Commonwealth and our allegiance to the Queen. From sunrise to sunset, the Royal Union Flag is flown alongside the National Flag at airports, military bases, and other federal buildings and establishments within Canada, where physical arrangements exist.
While the celebration of Commonwealth Day is not observed in a uniform manner by member countries, its designation provides an opportunity for almost one billion people throughout the world to reflect on their common heritage and to appreciate the Commonwealth of Nations’ contribution to freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law worldwide.
As Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), I am delighted to join with Canadians and people around the world who are celebrating Commonwealth Day.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP,
Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)