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Canadian report blames Iranian recklessness for shoot-down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Garneau, and the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, today issued the following statement on the release of the Government of Canada’s report entitled “The Downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752: Factual Analysis:” “Today, the Government of Canada released a report that confirms that Iranian civilian and military authorities, through their decisions, actions, and omissions, are fully responsible for the downing of Flight PS752, which tragically took the lives of 176 innocent people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents, and many more with ties to Canada. The report highlights the Iranian authorities’ recklessness, incompetence, and wanton disregard for human life. It also ...

Statement by the Prime Minister on the findings around the former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School in Saskatchewan

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement: “I am terribly saddened to learn that the remains of children had been found in unmarked graves near the former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School in Saskatchewan. My heart breaks for the Cowessess First Nation, and for all Indigenous communities across Canada. “No child should have ever been taken away from their families and communities, and robbed of their language, culture, and identity. No child should have spent their precious youth subjected to terrible loneliness and abuse. No child should have spent their last moments in a place where they lived in fear, never to see their loved ones again. And no families should have been robbed of the laughter and joy of their children playing, and the pride of watchi...

Statement by the Prime Minister on la Fête nationale du Québec

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on la Fête nationale du Québec: “Today, my family and I join millions of Quebecers to celebrate la Fête nationale du Québec. “Quebec’s history is intertwined with Canada’s, and is a vital part of our country’s success. La Fête nationale du Québec is a time to celebrate this heritage. It is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the valuable contributions that Quebecers of all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds have made to build an inclusive Canada that is proud of its diversity. “Together, we share a unique culture, a rich heritage, and the beautiful French language. These are attributes that make us proud – they are an integral part of our identity and we must protect them to ensure their vitality. “Queb...

Statement by the Prime Minister on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day: “On Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, we celebrate not only Canada’s Francophonie, but also the nearly 8 million Francophones across the country whose language, culture, and traditions are at the heart of Canada’s heritage and identity. “From Vancouver Island – where the next Jeux de la francophonie canadienne are planned for 2022 – to the island of Newfoundland, Francophones and Francophiles traditionally celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day by holding community events, attending performances, or gathering with family and friends. This year, as we continue to fight COVID-19 and follow public health guidelines, we will find other ways of celebrating our history, our culture, and our beautiful Fre...

Statement by the Prime Minister on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism: “Today, we pause to remember and honour every Canadian whose life was cut short or forever changed by a terrorist attack. “On this day in 1985, the bombing of Air India Flight 182 claimed the lives of 329 innocent people, including citizens of Canada, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries. “This despicable act of terror remains the deadliest terrorist attack in Canada’s history. Sadly, it was not the last time Canada had to confront the malice of terrorism. From the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in 2014 to the most recent deadly hate crime targeting a Muslim family in London, Ontario, our country and worl...

The Prime Minister announces the appointment of three Senators

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Administrator of the Government of Canada appointed Bernadette Clement, Hassan Yussuff, and James Quinn as independent Senators to fill vacancies for Ontario and New Brunswick. Ms. Clement is a lawyer, the Executive Director of the Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic, and current Mayor of Cornwall, who has devoted much of her life to the betterment of the city. Through various professional and volunteer leadership roles, she has served many members of her community, including newcomers, women fleeing violence, and people with developmental disabilities. She is also a tireless advocate for injured workers, and the first Black woman to serve as mayor in Ontario. Mr. Yussuff is one of Canada’s most experienced labour leaders, and the first pe...

Statement by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day: “Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we invite all Canadians to learn and celebrate the vibrant and diverse cultures, languages, and beautiful traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also recognize the important contributions Indigenous peoples have made, and continue to make, to Canada. “As the longest day of the year, the summer solstice has held deep cultural, historical, and spiritual significance for many Indigenous peoples and communities for generations. And it was 25 years ago that the Government of Canada joined Indigenous organizations in choosing June 21 to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. “While today is a time to celebrate Indigenous p...

Statement by the Prime Minister on World Refugee Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Refugee Day: “Today, on World Refugee Day, we join the international community to recognize all those who have been forced to flee their homelands. We honour their strength and courage, acknowledge the profound hardships they have endured, and reaffirm our commitment to protect and support them. “In their search for a safe place to call home, refugees and other forcibly displaced people face immense loss, barriers, and trauma. While trying to rebuild their lives, they often suffer hunger, despair, and uncertainty. Many struggle to find a doctor when they are sick, a school for their children, or a space for them to play, make friends, and feel like they belong. “This year’s theme, ‘Together we heal, learn and...

Statement by the Prime Minister on the reappointment of Antόnio Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the reappointment of Antόnio Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations: “On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate Antόnio Guterres on his reappointment as Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). “Over the past four and a half years, Secretary-General Guterres has advanced reforms to make the UN more effective and worked tirelessly to bring countries together to address the challenges affecting our global community – from climate change, to sustainable development, to peacebuilding. “As the ninth Secretary-General, his role in guiding the UN’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic encouraged international collaboration and helped deliver comprehensive and coordinated solutions to the health, hum...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds 32nd call with premiers on COVID-19 response

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc held the 32nd call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to discuss their shared response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister began the meeting by noting the tragic discovery of the remains of children near a residential school in British Columbia. Recognizing that there is much more to be done, First Ministers discussed the need to continue to work with Indigenous peoples, and with each other, to advance reconciliation in Canada. The Prime Minister also noted the horrific attack on the Afzaal family, a Muslim family, in London, Ontario. He reiterated that diversity is Canada’s strength and committed to continue standing up against all forms of hate. The Prime Mini...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey about the COVID-19 pandemic and other shared priorities. The Prime Minister and the Premier emphasized the strong partnership between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. They spoke about the next steps for the financial restructuring of the Lower Churchill Projects as well as the agreement-in-principle to restructure project ownership and to continue to develop the Terra Nova Asset Life Extension Project. They also discussed early learning, child care, and health care. The two leaders agreed on the importance of continuing to work together on these shared priorities and to move forward on a path to grow the economy. Associated links Clean energy to strengthen the economy and communities in Newf...

Prime Minister announces the nomination of the Honourable Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of the Honourable Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Jamal had a distinguished career as a litigator with a deep commitment to pro bono work prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019. He appeared in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada on civil, constitutional, criminal, and regulatory issues. He also taught constitutional law at McGill University and administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is bilingual. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Chairperson of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments will soon appear before a special hearing of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Hum...

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