PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER’S MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF ARMENIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY
Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
Sept 21 2011
Greetings from the Prime Minister
It is my distinct pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to members
of the Armenian community in Canada as you celebrate the independence
of the Republic of Armenia.
Today, you commemorate the historic results of the 1991 Armenian
independence referendum. This defining moment not only marked
the reestablishment of an independent Armenia, but was itself an
overwhelming affirmation of the power of democracy. Following that
historic event, the dream of a free Armenian state once again became
a reality after more than seventy years of Communist rule. Armenian
communities around the world celebrate this achievement and have
stood firmly with their homeland as it navigates a sovereign course.
As home to a significant community of Diaspora Armenians, Canada has
always stood in support of a strong and free Armenia. We look forward
to strengthening the many ties that bind our two countries in the
years to come. Canadians of Armenian descent can take great pride in
the contributions they have made our society, and their commitment
to the universal values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the
rule of law.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, please accept my best wishes
as you celebrate this historic occasion.
Sincerely, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada