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National Child Day

November 20, 2015

Message from the Governor General of Canada
on the Occasion of National Child Day

OTTAWA—For my wife, Sharon, and me, there is no greater joy in life than watching our children and grandchildren grow. Our relationship with them is central to our lives, not only as parents and grandparents, but also as members of society; the well-being of children is vital for our future, because young people are indeed a powerful force for change.

When they have the opportunity to be heard, to be protected and have their basic needs met, all children have unlimited potential. They have the ability to teach us about ourselves, to teach us to see things differently and to improve the world in which we live.

I therefore encourage you to take the time to hear what they have to say on this National Child Day.


David Johnston


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Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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