H.E. Mrs. Joanne Lemay, Ambassador of Canada to Romania: In Celebration of Canada and Our Place in the World

Today, Canada celebrates its 149th anniversary.

From early days when Aboriginals, French and British, came together to form Canada, our national identity has been shaped by our diversity.

Canada is a country where diversity and difference are promoted and celebrated. Canadians believe in a tolerant peaceful pluralism; in protecting human rights; in gender equality; in internationalism; in a democratic society that supports our shared values; and in helping those in need around the world.

Canadians from coast to coast to coast are re-energized and we are reaching out to international partners to use our ingenuity to solve today’s problem.  For example:

We are tackling climate change.

We are consulting with Canadians to make the best decisions in many areas, including international assistance, trade and investment, defence and innovation.

We have invigorated our work on the world stage. We are on a quest for peace, security, sustainable development, respect for diversity and human rights and justice for all.

And, we reach out across the world to support vulnerable populations and those in crisis.

In particular, in the spirit of making meaningful contributions to solving global challenges, the Prime Minister also has announced Canada’s candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for a two-year term that begins in 2021.

We share these values with Romania, a close friend, a strategic European partner and NATO Ally.

Over the last three years, I had the privilege to witness a continuous, positive growth of bilateral relations between our countries.  Romania and Canada enjoy strong political ties and have a rich, diverse and expanding bilateral relationship. This reality was further highlighted during the recent meetings between Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and with Canada’s Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa.

Canadians of Romanian origin, estimated at 200,000 have made great contributions to our society and are a vital link between our countries, further deepening and strengthening our bilateral ties.

Nos valeurs communes ont créé une base solide pour la poursuite de notre coopération dans le cadre des organisations multilatérales tels que les Nations Unies, l’Organisation du Traité de l’Atlantique du Nord, l’Organisation pour la Sécurité et la Coopération en Europe, et la Francophonie.

L’attachement commun du Canada et de la Roumanie à la Francophonie et à ses valeurs, et à la promotion active de celles-ci, solidifient encore davantage les liens entre nos deux pays.

Romania is a key NATO Ally and EU partner in South-Eastern Europe. Our defence relations are further strengthened by multiple bilateral training exercises between Air, Land and Sea forces of the Canadian Military and their Romanian counterparts, as well as future planned exercises.  Our two nations can be justifiably proud of the close bonds we have formed in the name of peace and stability and our successful contributions to the strength of the NATO alliance.

Romania continues to be an important trading partner for Canada and we look forward to the continued growth of the Canadian-Romanian commercial relationship.  Canadian companies present in Romania are part of the growing active community of entrepreneurs necessary for the growth of a more prosperous Romanian society.  We share the conviction with Romania that freer trade will bring even more economic opportunities and will have a positive impact on the pace of our bilateral relations.

In particular, the European Union and Canada have completed the legal review of our Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – moving us one step closer to finalizing this historic and gold-standard international trade agreement. CETA is a landmark agreement that will strengthen the economic ties between Romania and Canada.

As we celebrate Canada Day this year, we invite all Canadians and our partners around the world to consider some of the main themes of our Government’s vision:

Diversity and inclusion – We want to continue building a welcoming Canada where there is a place for everyone, a Canada where everyone can reach his or her full potential.

Youth – We want to continue to engage young people and give them the means to contribute to our society, because they are the ones who will shape tomorrow’s Canada.

Environment – We want to be the custodians of our environment, because it is a source of our country’s wealth and pride. We want to bring Canadians closer to nature in order to strengthen their environmental awareness.

On a personal note, I am coming to the end of my assignment in this part of Europe and I have enjoyed my stay tremendously. During my travels to Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria I have discovered a region with rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, and warm hospitality.

I may leave but Canada will continue to work to expand bilateral relations between our countries, for the mutual benefit of our people.

Happy Canada Day!


Bonne fête du Canada!


La mulţi ani, Canada!



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