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Canada Day 2019 - National Day message from the Consul General Of Canada

Dear Hong Kong and Macao friends,

Please accept my sincerest best wishes as we jointly celebrate on July 1st Canada’s 152nd anniversary of Confederation and the 22nd anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Establishment Day.

A birthday is just one of the many things Canada and Hong Kong share. Our strong ties, which span three centuries, are reinforced by the continuous exchange of people and cultures across generations. Dragon boating is but one example of what these ties have produced. Teak dragon boats were brought from Hong Kong for Expo 86 in Vancouver, and since then Canadians have embraced dragon boating so much that there are now major festivals from coast to coast, and not just in summer -- Ottawa hosts its very own Ice Dragon Boat Festival every February!

This has been quite a year for Canada. We made history recently when the Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship. Our growing tech sector, which boasts five new private-public Superclusters in areas such as artificial intelligence and plant proteins, has witnessed great interest from Hong Kong investors and companies seeking innovative solutions. We have also seen an increase in partnerships between Canadian and Hong Kong academic and research institutions, leveraging our shared priorities in AI, biomedical science, and smart city initiatives. Hong Kong investors are also reaping the benefits of access, through Canada, to over 1.5 billion consumers and two-thirds of global GDP thanks to Canada’s new and renewed trade agreements: our membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, and the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

These new agreements, together with the global ranking of our cities for quality of life and Canadians’ welcoming attitude to newcomers, combine to make us an economic champion.

Of course, no champion is perfect. We continue to reflect on our shortcomings and commit to realise the values we hold dear. Our efforts toward national reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples, for example, reflect a deep belief that we must always strive to be better, to ensure that every member of society feels there is a place for them. The same spirit guides our efforts to advance universal human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law – values that underpin Hong Kong’s own remarkable success.

On the occasion of Canada Day and Hong Kong’s Establishment Day, let us celebrate the many unique ties that bind us and move forward together. As the call goes in the Dragon boat when it is time to raise paddles in unison, in the moment before the race begins – “All up!”

Happy Canada Day!

Jeff Nankivell
Consul General


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