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2015 National Day Message from the Consul General of Canada

Dear Hong Kong and Macao friends,

It is my great pleasure to extend my sincerest best wishes to each of you as we celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday.  It is our distinct privilege to share this auspicious day with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as we also recognize the 18th anniversary of its Establishment Day.

This year, Canadians in Hong Kong and Macao are celebrating Canada’s charismatic, cosmopolitan culture with the theme “C for Canada.” The “C” stands for many terrific things about our nation. For example, Canada is a country that values cultural diversity. It has one of the best environments for the cultivation of safe natural food products, and it is also a great place for nurturing and cultivating leaders, innovation, and cutting-edge products and technologies! 

“C” also stands for connection, and the close friendship between Canada and Hong Kong that is multifaceted and robust. Canada and Hong Kong have a shared Commonwealth heritage, including our commitment to good governance, the rule of law, the protection of human rights and democratic development. 

Our strong connection also plays a key role in fostering our bilateral commercial relations. In 2014, Canada’s merchandise exports to Hong Kong totalled C$4.6 billion. This makes Hong Kong, Canada’s 6th largest merchandise export market, larger than Germany, France, South Korea, Brazil, India and Australia.

Thanks to many of you, we have been able to further enhance our bilateral cooperation this year. For example, Canada and Hong Kong recently signed a Mutual Cooperation Arrangement to assist our SMEs to develop new markets in both our economies and concluded negotiations on a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. We celebrated Cavalia’s fantastic tour in Hong Kong, the opening of North America’s first renminbi trading hub in Canada, and the issuance of a second dim-sum bond by the Government of British Columbia.

I was also pleased to welcome many important Canadian dignitaries to Hong Kong and Macao, including Canadian federal and provincial ministers, who are all eager to solidify our unique relationship. Furthermore, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, C.Y. Leung, visited Toronto in early June 2015 to enhance our business ties through a “Think Asia Think Hong Kong” trade and investment mission.

With your continued support and close partnership, we look forward to further enriching the Canada-Hong Kong bilateral relationship.

Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada !

J. Ian Burchett
Consul General


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