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Reception with the Business Community (London)

London, England, Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Thank you for your warm welcome.

Let me begin by offering my very best wishes to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. All Canadians join me in hoping for a speedy recovery and return to form.

My wife, Sharon, and I are delighted to be with you at Canada House this evening.

We often refer to Rideau Hall in Ottawa as “the home of the people of Canada,” and this building in the heart of London is likewise something of a home away from home for Canadians. I offer my thanks and congratulations to all who work so hard to make it so.

I would also like to join the High Commissioner in welcoming His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew the Duke of York. We are honoured that you have joined us this evening.

We have heard from the High Commissioner how Canadians here in the United Kingdom have been celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The same is true back in Canada, where Canadians are expressing their admiration and appreciation to The Queen.

In her distinct role as Queen of Canada, Her Majesty has represented the Canadian Crown and served our country with distinction and dedication. She is an example to us all.

The historic ties between Canada and the United Kingdom are deep and meaningful. We share the same traditions of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, and our relationship has evolved and grown into the wonderful and productive friendship we enjoy today.

Over the years, we have worked together to address challenges and to create opportunities at home and on the international stage. We are also great trading partners, and we are committed to working together in these challenging economic times.

Our co-operation is a reflection of our shared values as democratic nations, which come alive in the countless personal ties that exist between Canadians and Britons. After all, our friendships and partnerships lie at the heart of the relationship between our two great countries.

The people of Canada and of the United Kingdom both dream of building a smarter, more caring world, and we will continue to work together in common cause.

I would like to thank members of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce for being here this evening. You exemplify the spirit of partnership and collaboration.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would now ask you to join me in a toast to Her Majesty for her devotion to Canada and to the United Kingdom.

“The Queen.”