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Canada Plus – July

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon CampbellI’m hoping that most of you reading this won’t need to hear from me about the great time we all had on Canada Day because you’ll have joined us for the party in Trafalgar Square.

Yet again, Canadians and our many friends in London – along with a lot of lucky visitors who happened upon us – came together to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Canada – and Canadians – put on a terrific show. From the pancake breakfast to fuel us for a day of fun, to the street hockey tournament that got the blood pumping, all the way to a world-class concert that had us rocking until nightfall, we reminded London what we are all about.

In the coming months, I hope you’ll stay tuned to hear more about our new bespoke program that will raise the profile of Canada’s many contributions to the worlds of art, creative industries, leadership and thought.

But in recognition of our 146th birthday, we thought this month we would devote some space to sharing some snapshots of a very busy and exhilarating day in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square with Canada House serving as the perfect backdrop. Please share this newsletter with your friends and let them know about all that Canada – and Canada Plus – have to offer. 

Gordon Campbell 

Gordon Campbell


Celebrating Canada Day

Music, food and a little bit of flag-flying. There’s something about spending Canada Day away from home which makes you appreciate being Canadian all the more. What better way to celebrate the fact that for the third year in a row Canada has been named the country with the world’s best reputation? This year, aside from the huge party in Trafalgar Square, Canada Day was celebrated all across the UK – from private parties to public celebrations. The High Commission worked with universities from across Canada to hold seminars on studying in Canada and graduate opportunities. The Royal Highland Fusiliers, a Canadian reserve Pipes and Drums band, performed the Royal Salute to the Queen in Edinburgh on July 1st, and the Wolverhampton City Council raised the Canadian flag over the City Centre.

Collage - Canada Day - Royal Canadian Mounted Police, breakfast

Collage - Canada Day - Opening ceremony

Collage - Canada Day - People

Collage - Canada Day - Games

Collage - Canada Day - Music

From the halls of Westminster…

Prime Minister Stephen Harper - historic speech to ParliamentPrime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a foreign tour in London last month that featured an historic speech to Parliament. It was the first time since 1944 a Canadian prime minister had addressed both Houses. Mr Harper spoke in the Robing Room at Westminster, addressing an audience of British Parliamentarians that included Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Home Secretary Theresa May.

Mr Harper used his speech to remind his UK colleagues of the historic ties between our two countries and to stress the shared values that helped both countries to unite in the face of adversity.

The Canadian Prime Minister concluded his remarks with an anecdote about a gift sent by the people of Canada, “the handsome table gracing the floor of your House of Commons, part of an Allied effort to rebuild the Chamber after the damages of war.

Table - House of Commons“A gift, no doubt, to remind you of the defense of Britain by Canadians, done from the outset, voluntarily and passionately, not simply out of the value of friendship, but also because of the friendship of values.

“I ask that, if you happen to find yourselves looking at that table, think of us in Canada. Perhaps not your most powerful friends, but your truest and most reliable and know, that as we tackle the great challenges of this and future eras, we shall face them together, always – and we will succeed.”

Photograph © Palace of Westminster Collection

Around the table

In a roundtable meeting with extractive industry executives, the prime minister announced that Canada would be instituting mandatory reporting, requiring Canadian companies to report all payments they made to domestic and foreign governments. The move was welcomed as an important step to transparency in these industries.

…to the shores of Lough Erne

Prime Minister Stephen Harper & US President Barack ObamaAfter stops in Paris and Dublin for key meetings along with Ministers John Baird, Ed Fast and Joe Oliver, Prime Minister Harper returned to the UK to meet with fellow leaders of the G8 on the shores of Lough Erne, near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

Mr Harper and his colleagues tackled issues ranging from the ongoing strife in Syria to the so-called 3Ts agenda of advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency in the corporate and government sectors.

In addition to the main G8 discussions, the Prime Minister met privately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr Harper also had a private meeting with US President Barack Obama as the two men strolled beside the Nick Faldo-designed golf course that hugs the shores of Lough Erne.

Taking a stand against child marriage

On 26 June Canada House hosted a high-level Commonwealth meeting on ending child marriage – an event organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan UK. Around the world at least 14 million girls marry under the age of 18 every year. Canada is committed to working with the international community, and in particular our Commonwealth partners, to end the practice of early forced marriage* (PDF version, 79 KB). 

Duke of Kent came to unveil a bust of HRH Prince PhilipRoyal tribute

Canada House had a royal visitor last month as the Duke of Kent came to unveil a bust of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The bust had been commissioned from artist Christian Corbet by the Royal Canadian Regiment, of which the Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel-in-Chief. 

Spotlight on the Arctic

In May, Canada assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the leading body for international cooperation in the Arctic region. Canada House is proud to present an exhibit of contemporary Inuit art from the collection of TD Bank. Come by the Canada House Gallery over the summer, to see this fascinating work. In the same spirit, the popular French monthly magazine, Terre Sauvage, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in France, has released a 100-page special issue on Canada’s Arctic. The ipad English version is available for download. The French application will be available for free download by the end of August 2013.

Consular Corner

New ePassports

  • As of July 2013, Canada will be issuing ePassports only. Applicants will have the choice of a 5 or 10 year passport.  There will be "one size" - 36 pages, and the international service standard increases from 15 to 20 business days so we encourage applicants to renew/apply early to avoid disappointment. 

If you have a consular question for us, please email with the subject line Consular Corner.

July Events

1 July – 30 September ¦ Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today
London ¦ Canada House is pleased to present this exciting exhibition of contemporary Inuit art from TD Bank’s collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the Canada House Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Open weekdays 11 – 5:45 p.m. Saturdays 12 – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Now playing ¦ Stories We Tell
UK ¦ Oscar-nominated director Sarah Polley’s latest film “Stories We Tell” is an investigation into the elusive truth buried within the memories of her family members.

8  July ¦ Expat Canadian Meetup
London ¦ The group for Canadian expats meets for its monthly wings night at the Maple Leaf pub in London.

12 July ¦ William Lyon Mackenzie King Conference
London ¦ The annual conference of the British Association of Canadian Studies History and Politics Group will include a keynote lecture and talks on aspects of Mackenzie King’s life and career. 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., refreshments and lunch included. 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPN. To register please contact Dr Tony McCulloch

12 – 21  July ¦ To Be Governed* (PDF Version, 330 KB)
London ¦ For his second solo exhibition in the UK, Montreal-based Matieu Beauséjour draws an allegory between the myth of Icarus and the fall of capitalism’s empire.

13  July ¦ Children’s Bookfest
London ¦ Canada House is hosting a literacy event for children to share some fantastic Canadian books. Jeff Norton, author of Metawars will be kicking off the day with a reading, and we have hundreds of books donated by Canadian authors and publishers to give away to children and young adults, from the Henry books to Anne of Green Gables. Please join us 10:30 – 14:00.

15  July ¦ Report on Canada, UK and the North Pacific
London ¦ The Canada-UK Colloquium is a yearly event which focuses on topics of interest to both countries. It brings together leading players to stimulate discussion and publish research. The newest report will be launched with a panel discussion. To attend please email

16  July ¦ Networking Reception with Colin Pyle
London ¦ The Canada UK Chamber of Commerce presents this event titled ‘The Spirit of the Entrepreneur’ with the author and adventurer Colin Pyle, seen travelling through China by motorbike on the Travel Channel’s ‘Middle Kingdom’.

22  July ¦ Vandoos
London ¦ An opportunity for Canadians in London to gather for a casual evening and meet new people. Check the website for a location.

30 – 31  July ¦ ‘Canada Abroad’ Conference
Herstmonceaux Castle, Sussex ¦ Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Centre is hosting a conference exploring Canada’s historic and current roles in the world. For registration information and rates, please contact

Planning Ahead

16 – 18 August¦ Peter Robinson
Oxford ¦ The Canadian author of the popular Inspector Banks series will be delivering a paper on crime fiction at the St Hilda’s Crime Conference.


For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

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