Statement by the Prime Minister of
National Peacekeepers’ Day
August 9, 2016
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Peacekeepers’ Day:
has a long and proud history of peacekeeping. For decades, brave Canadian women
and men have put themselves in harm’s way to protect the world’s most
vulnerable civilians – including women, children, and marginalized groups.
“On National Peacekeepers’ Day, we celebrate all those – past and present – who have worked selflessly to advance the cause of peace, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world.
“Since the days of Lester B. Pearson, the members of our military and police forces – as well as many Canadian civilians – have made concrete contributions to the pursuit of hope and security in international conflict zones. These individuals stand for the very best of what it means to be Canadian.
“Moving forward, we will increase
Canada’s support to United Nations
peace operations: providing more personnel and training to UN peace support
missions; increasing our conflict prevention, mediation, and peace-building
efforts; advancing the roles of women and youth in the promotion of peace and
security; and supporting UN reform efforts to make peace support initiatives
“Finally, on this day, let us pay tribute to the many Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice during peacekeeping operations in distant lands so that both local populations and Canadians alike could enjoy a more peaceful world. We will remember and honour their selfless contributions to humanity.”