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  • Prime Minister announces the nomination of the Honourable Michelle O’Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of the Honourable Michelle O’Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice O’Bonsawin is an accomplished jurist with expertise in the areas of mental health, Gladue principles, labour and employment law, human rights, and privacy law, and has been a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa since 2017. Justice O’Bonsawin holds a B.A., an LL.B., and an LL.M., and completed her Ph.D. in Law earlier this year. A fluently bilingual Franco-Ontarian, she is an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation. Following today’s announcement, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights members will participate in a special committee hearing on August 24, 2022. During this hearing, they will hear from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable David Lametti, and the Chairperson of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, on the selection process and the reasons for Justice O’Bonsawin’s nomination. As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to openness, transparency, and accountability, the House of Commons Standing Committee members will then participate in a question-and-answer session with the nominee. They will be joined by Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs members and a member of the Green Party of Canada. This session will be moderated by Alain Roussy, Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program of the Common Law Section at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. This nomination aims to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of the Honourable Michael J. Moldaver. The Prime Minister once again thanked Justice Moldaver for his service and congratulated him on his distinguished judicial career. Quote “I am pleased to announce the nomination of Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada, which is recognized worldwide for its strength, excellence, and independence. Her nomination is the result of an open, non-partisan selection process. I am confident that Justice O’Bonsawin will bring invaluable knowledge and contributions to our country’s highest court.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Facts The process to select a candidate to fill the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada vacancy was launched on April 4, 2022. The application process was open for six weeks to qualified applicants from Ontario, in recognition of the convention of regional representation. From the applications received, the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments members identified jurists of the highest calibre who were functionally bilingual and met the statutory eligibility requirements for an Ontario seat. They then submitted a shortlist to the Prime Minister for consideration. Justice Moldaver was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada from the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2011. He will retire effective September 1, 2022. In 2016, the Government of Canada announced a new process for Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointments. It included the creation of an independent and non-partisan advisory board to identify qualified and suitable candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada consists of nine judges, including a Chief Justice. They are all appointed by the Governor in Council, and must have been either a judge of a superior court or a member of at least 10 years’ standing of the bar of a province or territory. Biographical Note The Honourable Michelle O’Bonsawin Associated Links Candidate questionnaire filled out by the Honourable Michelle O’Bonsawin Prime Minister launches process to select the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Prime Minister announces members of the Independent Advisory Board to help select the next Supreme Court Justice Supreme Court of Canada appointment process Qualifications and assessment criteria for Supreme Court of Canada appointments Frequently asked questions Supreme Court of Canada
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on World Humanitarian Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Humanitarian Day: “Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we honour all the workers who selflessly put the needs of others before their own to deliver health care, food, water, and shelter to those who need it most. “These dedicated volunteers and professionals inspire us with their courage as they brave armed conflict, violence, and natural disasters to provide relief and hope to the world’s most vulnerable. Sadly, the number of people who need humanitarian assistance has more than tripled over the last decade, and the United Nations estimates that over 300 million people around the world will require humanitarian assistance this year alone. “This year’s theme for World Humanitarian Day – #ItTakesAVillage – reminds us that we all have a part to play in supporting those who need it. Canada has a proud tradition of supporting experienced humanitarian partners worldwide, and we continue to stand ready to provide assistance – in particular to women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and armed conflicts around the world. Building on our Feminist International Assistance Policy, we will continue to ensure that the voices of women and girls remain at the centre of the government’s efforts to support humanitarian responses around the world. “As Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine continues, Canada is helping people impacted by the conflict. Since the beginning of the invasion, we have committed $320 million to supply medical aid, food, shelter, and more to address the needs of displaced and vulnerable populations in Ukraine and across the region. In June, Canada also committed additional funding to help meet the needs of those most affected by the global food security crisis exacerbated by the conflict. This builds on the $514.5 million already allocated globally in 2022 for emergency food and nutrition assistance. “In many parts of the world, the safety and security of humanitarian workers, particularly local staff, are at great risk as they face increasing attacks, violence, and threats, in contravention of international law and humanitarian principles. Canada will continue to advocate for their safety, their security, and their ability to deliver aid to those most in need. “On this day, I join Canadians in thanking humanitarian workers here at home and around the world. Your continued dedication, courage, and selflessness are a source of relief, inspiration, and hope for millions of people every day.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid: “Today, we remember the brave Canadians who took part in the Dieppe Raid, one of the most difficult and tragic days of the Second World War for our country. “On August 19, 1942, nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers, along with their British and American allies, approached the beaches of and around Dieppe, in occupied France. Their objective was to test the enemy’s defences, damage its port facilities, and gather important intelligence to help defeat Nazi Germany. “Unfortunately, the Canadian soldiers who came ashore were met with sustained enemy fire, and only a few small groups of Canadians managed to reach the streets of Dieppe. In the air, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the British Royal Air Force continued the offensive, conducting one of the fiercest air battles of the Second World War. Forced to retreat, the Allies returned to Britain after nine hours of intense fighting. “During the course of this operation, many Canadian soldiers were wounded, 916 were killed, and 1,946 were taken as prisoners of war. Most of them remained captive until the end of the war in Europe, almost three years later. Despite this devastating setback, Canadian and Allied soldiers showed exceptional heroism, resilience, and courage. Invaluable lessons were learned from the Dieppe Raid and other amphibious assaults – lessons that proved essential in planning further attacks, including on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy. The Dieppe Raid was instrumental in leading the Allies to victory over Nazi Germany and, as a result, in changing the course of history. “On this day, we pay tribute to the thousands of Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice at Dieppe. I invite everyone to take part in a commemorative event to mark this solemn anniversary, and to honour the memory of those who have defended our values of peace, freedom, and justice. “Lest we forget.”
  • Prime Minister welcomes the Twenty-Ninth Annual Report on the Public Service of Canada
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today welcomed the Twenty-Ninth Annual Report on the Public Service of Canada, which was presented to him by the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Federal Public Service, Janice Charette. The report outlines the work of public servants over the past year to address ongoing and emerging crises. Public servants secured and distributed vaccines, launched the whole-of-government effort in response to the security situation in Afghanistan and Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, and addressed the impacts of extreme weather events on communities across the country. In these challenging times, the report emphasizes the need to continue supporting mental health and well-being in the workplace and confronting systemic racism, while advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within the Public Service. This includes ongoing efforts to advance the Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion, which calls on leaders in the Public Service to support Indigenous, Black, and other racialized employees and voices, and to establish a sense of belonging and trust for all public servants. The annual report also highlights some of the ways public servants have delivered for Canadians and references important opportunities for improvement moving forward. The agility, dedication, and creativity of public servants will continue to be critical in responding to the ever-evolving needs of Canadians. Quote “This past year, Canada’s public servants have worked to adapt programs and services to meet the evolving needs of Canadians while responding to crises as they emerged. I want to thank them for their service and dedication, and I look forward to continuing to work together to build a better future for everyone.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Fact The Government of Canada first introduced the Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada in 1992 – a requirement under section 127 of the Public Service Employment Act. Associated Links Twenty-Ninth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Prime Minister announces new Lieutenant Governor for Manitoba
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of the Honourable Anita Neville as the new Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. A dedicated community leader and a respected public servant, Ms. Neville is a long-time advocate for Manitobans. From helping revitalize Winnipeg’s urban core to working in education and advancing skills training, Ms. Neville has a unique set of experiences and expertise. She spent over a decade working in education, including as a member – and later Chair – of the Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees. From 2000 to 2011, she represented her community of Winnipeg South Centre as a Member of Parliament, where she defended the rights of minorities and helped advance reconciliation, and served on numerous committees, parliamentary associations, and parliamentary groups. She also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women. The Prime Minister thanked the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, for her dedication and service to the people of Manitoba over the past seven years, and wished her all the best in the future. Quote “Ms. Neville has long been a champion for the people of her community, her province, and our country. As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, I know she will continue to make a difference for Manitobans and Canadians. I wish her all the best in her new role.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Facts When she assumes office, Ms. Neville will become the third woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. She will be the first Jewish Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Lieutenant Governors are the representatives of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada in their respective provinces. They fulfill the roles and functions of The Queen, including granting Royal Assent to provincial laws, opening legislative sessions with the Speech from the Throne, and swearing in members of the Executive Council. Lieutenant Governors are appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Biographical Notes The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C. Associated Link The Lieutenant Governors
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on the National Liberation Day of Korea
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the National Liberation Day of Korea: “Today, we join Korean communities in Canada and around the world in celebrating the 77th anniversary of Korea’s independence. “Also known as Gwangbokjeol or Restoration of Light Day, the National Liberation Day of Korea commemorates the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the Korean Peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation. Exactly three years later, on August 15, 1948, the Republic of Korea was officially established, setting the country on a path to become the vibrant and prosperous democracy that we know today. “On this day, we celebrate the strong bonds that unite Canada and the Republic of Korea, including fighting side-by-side in the Korean War. Strengthened by our people-to-people ties, we have become close friends and partners. We have worked together to establish the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s first bilateral free trade agreement in the Indo-Pacific region, and share an unwavering commitment to democracy, the rule of law, regional stability, and free and open international trade. Next year, our countries will celebrate 60 years of our diplomatic relations – a milestone anniversary which will further deepen our strategic partnership.   “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage all Canadians to recognize the many contributions Korean Canadians have made, and continue to make, to our country. I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating National Liberation Day of Korea here in Canada and around the world.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on India’s Independence Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on India’s Independence Day: “Seventy-five years ago today, India gained its independence and became the world’s largest democracy. Today is an occasion to reflect on the tremendous impact India’s people, history, and culture have had around the world since 1947. We join the people of India and Indo-Canadian communities to celebrate this milestone anniversary. “Canada and India have a strong, longstanding, and vibrant relationship built on shared values like democracy, and deep people-to-people ties, with over 1.4 million people of Indian heritage calling Canada home. Their many important contributions have made, and continue to make, our country stronger, more diverse, and inclusive. “Today, our two countries work closely together in a range of priority areas, including science and technology, finance, and education. We also share common interests in advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, fighting climate change, and strengthening global trade. We will continue to strengthen our partnership for the benefit of people in Canada and India. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating India’s Independence Day here in Canada and around the world.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on National Acadian Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Acadian Day: “On National Acadian Day, we celebrate the rich heritage and unique culture of the Acadian people, which have enriched and shaped our country since its foundation. “Acadians have always shown courage, resilience, and perseverance. For more than 400 years in North America, they have built a strong and dynamic identity, which they have safeguarded in the face of adversity and hardship. This Acadian identity, deeply rooted in our history, inspires people far beyond the borders of Acadie. “Since the first Acadian National Convention, which was held in 1881 in Memramcook, New Brunswick, August 15 has been a day of celebration for Acadians. From Petit-de-Grat, Nova Scotia, to Port au Port, Newfoundland, to Caraquet, New Brunswick, and Abram-Village, Prince Edward Island, many activities will be held this year to celebrate the spirit and pride of the Acadian people, such as traditional meals, concerts featuring Acadian artists, fireworks, and tintamarres. “These celebrations also highlight our country’s diversity and the strength of the French identity in Canada. The Government of Canada continues to support Francophone minority communities and to promote their development and vitality, including through the modernization of the Official Languages Act. The enhanced bill, introduced in March, aims to achieve substantive equality between French and English from coast to coast to coast while contributing to the vitality of official-language minority communities. “This year, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the history, culture, and contributions of Acadians, and to take part in an activity, wherever you are in the country. On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating today, across Canada and around the world, a wonderful National Acadian Day.”
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on Pakistan’s Independence Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Pakistan’s Independence Day: “Today, we join Pakistani communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. “Canada and Pakistan enjoy a longstanding relationship, and this year also marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. We remain committed to fighting climate change, advancing women’s empowerment, and promoting regional peace and stability. Our countries will keep strengthening the bilateral trade relationship and promoting investments to benefit everyone in both countries and explore new opportunities for collaboration in areas ranging from clean energy to information technologies. Canada also recognizes Pakistan’s efforts in supporting its Afghan resettlement program, and looks forward to continuing our cooperation. “On this day, we celebrate the strong bonds that unite Canadian and Pakistani peoples. The relationship between our countries is rooted in generations of people-to-people ties, and today, more than 200,000 Canadians of Pakistani origin call Canada home. On this milestone anniversary, I encourage all Canadians to recognize the many important contributions Pakistani Canadians have made, and continue to make, to our country’s social, economic, and cultural fabric. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day.”
  • Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz to visit Canada
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, will visit Montréal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario, and Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, from August 21 to 23, 2022. Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with Chancellor Scholz in Montréal to advance our shared priorities, including our unwavering support for Ukraine, protecting peace and security in Europe and around the world, and addressing the broader global impacts of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion. The leaders will also continue collaboration on ways the two countries can work together to safeguard energy security, and accelerate the global transition to clean energy, including through secure access to key resources like clean hydrogen and critical minerals. They will discuss taking strong climate action through policies like pollution pricing, and advancing the Canada-Germany trade relationship to benefit everyone and grow the middle class in both countries, including through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), bolstering science and innovation relations, and attracting investments, including in sectors like automotive and electric vehicle manufacturing, hydrogen and clean energy, and bio manufacturing and life sciences. While in Montréal, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz will participate in a networking luncheon with German and Canadian business representatives to encourage investment and partnership opportunities, including in the critical minerals and automotive sectors. The leaders will then tour Mila, one of the three National Artificial Intelligence Institutes funded by the government’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy to showcase Canada’s advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and highlight Canada and Germany’s cooperation to advance the responsible development and use of AI. Prime Minister Trudeau will then travel to Toronto, where on August 23, the eve of the Ukrainian Independence Day, he will participate in the virtual Summit for Heads of State and Government of the International Crimea Platform. Canada is an active supporter and participant of the International Crimea Platform, an initiative launched by Ukraine to enhance international advocacy and responses to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The Platform has much deeper implications this year in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. While in Toronto, Prime Minister Trudeau will also speak at the Canada-Germany Business Forum to promote greater cooperation between the two countries in response to current global challenges, particularly energy security and climate change. The two leaders will then travel to Stephenville, Newfoundland, to visit a hydrogen trade show where they will have the opportunity to speak to experts and view a variety of clean hydrogen projects, technologies, and services. Canada and Germany have a long history of collaborating to advance the development of a clean economy and this visit will be an opportunity to formally deepen this collaboration. Canadian and German researchers have been at the forefront of advancing clean hydrogen technologies with Canadian companies deploying their technologies in the German market and German companies investing in growing manufacturing capabilities in Canada.  Quote “Germany and Canada are close friends on the world stage. We are tied by our shared commitments to democracy, peace and security, including our support for Ukraine, a clean, healthy future, and an economy that works for people. I look forward to showing Chancellor Scholz what Canada has to offer, while we further strengthen our relationship, create jobs, and help grow the middle class in both countries.‎” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Facts The Prime Minister and Chancellor Scholz last met in June on the margins of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany. Canada and Germany benefit from their strong cultural connections and people-to-people ties. Almost 10 per cent of Canadians claim at least partial German ancestry and about 400,000 Canadians travel to Germany each year. A similar number of people travel from Germany to Canada each year. Every year, several thousand German students spend a term or full year at a Canadian college, university, or high school. Thousands more young Germans and Canadians travel in each direction for short-term study and research or work as part of the International Experience Canada program. Germany is one of Canada’s most important sources of innovative, research, and engineering-intensive investment, with over 820 affiliates operating in Canada, employing nearly 70,000 Canadians. Germany is the 7th largest source of foreign direct investments into Canada. Germany is Canada’s largest merchandise export market in the European Union, and its sixth-largest trading partner globally, with two-way merchandise trade totalling $25.9 billion in 2021. Canadian exports to Germany were worth $6.9 billion in 2021, while Canada’s imports from Germany totalled $19.0 billion. Sectors of interest include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, information and communications technologies, and agri-food. Canada’s top merchandise exports include precious stones, machinery, mineral ores, scientific and precision instruments, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and inorganic chemicals. Investments in Canada by companies like Germany’s BASF for battery manufacturing demonstrate the strong and growing potential for collaboration in the clean technology space. In March 2022, and again in May 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz agreed to work together to advance adoption and expansion of carbon pricing around the world through Canada’s Global Carbon Pricing Challenge and Germany’s Climate Club. In May 2022, both Germany and Canada signed onto the G7 Hydrogen Action Pact. Long-standing partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Canada and Germany cooperate closely on security and defence issues, and are also both members of the G7 and G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Canada and Germany are doing their part to contribute to NATO operations and activities along NATO’s eastern flank, in particular through their leadership of NATO Enhanced Forward Presence battle groups in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively. Associated Links Canada-Germany relations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine Prime Minister announces additional support for Ukraine and shared priorities at Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)  

A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values.