Australia and Canada are already long-standing partners. As Wesley Enoch, your esteemed director of the Sydney Festival recently noted: “Canada echoes Australia and we echo Canada. We are like mirrors in so many ways.”
We meet once again in uncertain times, when global and regional security are threatened. I will focus on four major issues for Canada: the fundamental principle of territorial integrity, conventional arms control, human rights and respect for diversity.
What an incredible honour to be here tonight as we celebrate His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
On behalf of Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau, the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I pass along our best wishes for a very happy birthday: O'tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu [We wish you a happy birthday]