Statement by the Prime Minister on Commonwealth Day
March 13, 2023
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Commonwealth Day:
“Today, we join 55 other countries across the world to celebrate Commonwealth Day, under the theme ‘Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future’.
“In the Commonwealth, Canada works with international partners to advance our shared values of peace, prosperity, and democracy. Together, we work to make life better for the 2.5 billion people united by this organization.
“Today marks the first Commonwealth Day since the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and represents an opportunity to remember and honour her enduring legacy.
“Now headed by His Majesty King Charles III, countries in the Commonwealth build consensus through deliberation on matters of importance to its members, and advocate for the inclusion of small and vulnerable states on the world stage. Based on friendship and goodwill, we have made significant headway together on priorities such as democracy and peace, environmental issues, education, and sustainable development.
“Canada’s enduring legacy to the Commonwealth is the Commonwealth of Learning. Based in British Columbia, the Commonwealth of Learning helps developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to reflect on everything we have achieved as a long-standing member of this historic organization and recommit to building a better future for people together with our Commonwealth partners.”
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on Monday, 13 March 2023 with observances, speeches, exhibitions and cultural events across the 56 Commonwealth member countries
With ‘Forging a Sustainable and Peaceful Common Future’ as its theme, Commonwealth Day aims to unite 2.5 billion Commonwealth citizens in celebration of their shared values and principles, and in pursuit of a common future, centred on sustainability and peace.
This will be the first Commonwealth Day presided over by His Majesty King Charles III as King and Head of the Commonwealth. The day will also mark the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter, which outlines the values and principles that unify the 56 Commonwealth countries, representing one-third of humanity.
In her Commonwealth Day Message, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, paid tribute to Her late Majesty The Queen for her seven decades of service and welcomed His Majesty The King for his first Commonwealth Day as the new Head of the Commonwealth.