Message from the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, marking Democracy Day


[Minister Gould speaks directly to the camera. Her name and title are displayed.]

Today is Democracy Day, a time to celebrate and reflect upon democracy here in Canada and around the world.

Democracy is more than just casting a ballot on Election Day - it's about all that we do between elections to make Canada's democracy come alive. It is the actions we take, the responsibilities we share, the  commitment we make together to our community and to Canada.

Canadians deeply value democracy, and we can't take it for granted. It takes respect, dedication, hard work, and cooperation to improve, strengthen and protect what we have.

A democracy is only as rich as the citizens who form it. In Canada, we have an active and engaged citizenry. It's volunteering to make your community better, interacting with elected officials on issues that matter to you or simply keeping up with the news and how policies and laws shape our country. There are many ways that you contribute to Canada’s vibrant democracy.

Today, I invite you to reflect on what you can do, each day, in your neighbourhood, in your community, in your country, to contribute to Canada's democracy.

Because you are the beating heart of our democracy. Happy Democracy Day.

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