“I call on all Canadians to get informed and involved. By using our voices as forces for positive change, we can strengthen democratic norms and institutions.”
Niagara At Large urges you to read this statement and think about the disgusting mess we have at the regional government level, right here in Niagara, Ontario
A Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on International Day of Democracy
Posted September 15th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the International Day of Democracy:
“Today, we join our partners in the United Nations to celebrate the International Day of Democracy. We take the opportunity to recognize the freedoms that democracy affords us – and remind ourselves of the responsibility we all share to keep our democracy strong.
“This year’s theme – Democracy and Conflict Prevention – highlights the indivisible links between peace and democracy. Canada recognizes the critical need to strengthen democratic norms and institutions around the world to promote peace and stability.
“In order to endure, both peace and democracy must be built through inclusive approaches that respect human rights and diversity and promote gender equality. Women and girls’ leadership and participation in political, social, and peacebuilding processes are essential to creating political systems that truly represent the voices of all members of society.
“Equality is vital to a thriving democracy, and Canada reaffirms the need to work to change the severe disparities that exist in our world. To address these gaps, Canada and all UN member states adopted the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda provides a framework to eradicate poverty, protect our environment, and promote human rights. Our countries – and our world – are stronger and more peaceful when all people can make their voices heard, and when everyone’s rights are protected.
“Today is also the launch of Elections Canada’s Canada’s Democracy Week, a time for all Canadians, especially young people, to get engaged in the democratic process and talk about what democracy means to them and their communities.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I call on all Canadians to get informed and involved. By using our voices as forces for positive change, we can strengthen democratic norms and institutions in Canada and help make democracy a reality for all people around the world.”
To Niagara at Large readers – The following quote from Winston Churchill on democracy did not come with the Prime Minster’s statement. Niagara At Large is putting it on because, unfortunately, there is an awful lot truth in his words, and it may very be one of the reasons we are now facing such a rogues gallery of characters sitting on our municipal councils, minus too few good ones.
So inform yourselves and get engaged folks! We are little more than 12 months away from the next municipal elections.
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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders