Today is Commonwealth Day. I still think the Commonwealth is quite relevant.A recent report suggests changes. It is interesting that Canada contributes twice as much to the Francophonie as to the Commonwealth. I like our family of nations. Happy Commonwealth Day.
God Save the Queen
Our Sovereign Lady's Message to the Commonwealth
The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message, 8 March 2010
Today’s societies are constantly seeking ways to improve their quality of life, and science and technology play a vital part in that search.
Experimentation, research and innovation, mean that more opportunities for improving people’s lives exist today than ever before. Take long distance communication, where the obstacles of time and geography have been dramatically reduced: people can now use mobile phones to be in instant contact virtually anywhere in the world, be it with a medical centre in the Himalayan mountains in Asia, a Pacific island school, a research facility at the South Pole, or even the international space station, beyond this planet altogether.
Advances in modern telecommunications are also having a marked economic effect on people from developing nations in the Commonwealth, helping to transform small to medium-sized businesses.
The internet is playing an important part in helping to nurture these fledgling markets but, as yet, it still remains an unaffordable option for too many of our Commonwealth citizens.
Progress in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, and education have, for the most part, helped improve people’s lives throughout the world. In the health sector, the Commonwealth has shown how collaborative schemes can successfully assist member states to fight pandemics and diseases.
In making these advances the Commonwealth recognises that the best forms of innovation are those that unite, and help build resilient partnerships and better societies as a whole.
This is particularly important for the more than half of the Commonwealth citizens who are under 25 years of age. It is vital that their potential to build on the exceptional scientific expertise that exists in member states is also fully supported through education and social development. The Commonwealth understands this, and should continue to aid and encourage our young people to participate in the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead, in the knowledge that progress is something which must be sustained and shared by all.
A message from HM PM Stephen Harper:
"Today, Canada and its Commonwealth partners celebrate their unique partnership. We honour the critical role that the Commonwealth has played in our history, and its continued importance as an organization whose member nations share a head of state as well as common values and principles.
"The modern Commonwealth provides an important forum in which the international community can address critical concerns. At the last Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, I stressed Canada's strong support for the Commonwealth's primary focus of promoting democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law.
"To further strengthen Canadians' knowledge of and pride in this heritage, our Government has decided to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada in 2012.
"Commonwealth Day is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the Commonwealth around the world, and for members to reflect on how to deal collectively with the some of global challenges ahead, including the world economic situation, the environment, terrorism, arms proliferation and health."