Canada Day 2019

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends congratulations to the government and people of the Confederation of Canada on the occasion of the 152nd anniversary of the unification of the provinces and the establishment of the Dominion on 1st July 1867.

Canada, today, has become a model of multiculturalism and a symbol of social cohesion. Canada’s unwavering commitment to the principles of gender equity, human rights and inclusionary democracy and its leadership on matters of critical importance to the international community have earned it international acclaim.

Guyana and Canada have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties in May 1966 – our Independence year.

These relations exemplify how the world’s second largest state can pursue mutually beneficial interests with one of the world’s smallest.

Guyana and Canada have founded their friendship on the principles of mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security.

Guyana acknowledges, and expresses its gratitude to Canada, for its strong support for our sovereignty and territorial integrity over the past five decades.

Canada remains a valued development partner; its investments in mining and oil and gas are propelling economic development and generating employment and business opportunities for citizens and corporations and it is our largest export market.

Canada has provided assistance to Guyana in a wide range of fields including education, the environment and climate resilience, indigenous peoples’ development, governance, justice administration, public administration, private sector development, social development and of course, support for the National Assembly.

Canada has been a leader in the global efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. It continues to provide support to small states seeking to build greater environmental resilience. The recently launched Canada-Caribbean Resilience Facility Project will assist nine Caribbean countries, including Guyana, to build capacity for disaster management and response.

Guyana is in transition towards establishing a “green state” – one that will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.

Canada’s conspicuous and continuous cooperation in our economy; its commitment to common values and its collaboration with the Caribbean Community will continue to cement strong relations with Guyana and with the states of the western hemisphere.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to join me in a toast to the prosperity of the people of Canada and to the continued excellent relations between Guyana and Canada.

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