Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Development and Minister of Democratic Institutions on International Day of Democracy


September 15, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development; and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today issued the following statement:

“Today, Canada joins like-minded partners all over the world to celebrate democracy and the international rules-based order that supports it.

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, we must reflect on the efforts we have undertaken together to build a system that promotes prosperity and has prevented smaller and regional conflicts from turning into war. We have worked to build a system that champions freedom, inclusion and equality—a system that gives people a say in the decisions that affect them, a right to express themselves freely and an opportunity to live in an inclusive and prosperous society.

“We know that such prosperity, and the peace and security that underpin it, are more likely in places where women—and all members of society—can actively participate in political processes and where the fundamental rights of all people are equally protected.

“As more democratic countries around the world are forced to contend with malicious attempts to undermine institutions and sow distrust in government, we must redouble our efforts to reinforce all aspects of liberal democracy. At every opportunity, Canada will strongly condemn those who seek to destabilize the key pillars that support democratic societies, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, as well as our free and independent press.

“On this International Day of Democracy, we acknowledge the hard work needed to safeguard our democracy and live up to the democratic legacy we inherited. With civic engagement from all Canadians, and by respecting and promoting diversity and inclusion, we can sustain and strengthen our democratic traditions and institutions.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development

Nicky Cayer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions

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