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Congratulations to the people of Canada on their 148th anniversary
of Independence. This is truly a momentous occasion and in the
words of Sir Winston Churchill; There are no limits to the majestic
future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile,
aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people."
It's All About You
Happy Canada Day from RBC Royal Bank
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Canada has supported the Police Complaints Au-
thority in T&T through the provision of equipment
and guidance for recording interviews and for estab-
lishing open hearings.
In the area of defence, our already-strong collabo-
ration has been growing, with the relatively recent
accreditation of a Canadian Defence Attaché to T&T
and new training opportunities for the T&T Defence
T&T has been granted a higher ranking within our
military training and cooperation program, in which it
has participated for over 40 years. In the last decade
alone, over 60 officers from T&T have received train-
ing in Canada, and we look forward to a lot more.
RULE OF LAW
The Canadian government, through its Strategy for
Engagement in the Americas, is committed to ad-
vancing the rule of law and strengthening legal insti-
tutions in the countries of the Caribbean Region.
Through funding received from the Anti-Crime Ca-
pacity Building Program (ACCBP) of the Department
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Devel-
opment, our ongoing Criminal Justice Advisor Project
has been renewed until 2017. This project funds a
Crown Prosecutor to work with the T&T Judiciary on
criminal justice reform issues.
In terms of development cooperation, Canada has
also been very active in T&T.
Our six Canada funds for local initiatives that con-
cluded earlier this year were based on the govern-
ment of Canada's priorities of human rights,
preventing violence against women and children, se-
curity and the rule of law.
In Trinidad, for example, we co-funded a project in
St. Barb's, Laventille to refurbish a space for the chil-
dren of the community to interact and do their
schoolwork free from the effects of gang and other
And in Tobago, we collaborated with THETA, a the-
atre group working with children and young adults to
combat sexual harassment and violence.
Of course, Canada's development efforts extend
well beyond this. The Caribbean Local Economic
Development project or CARILED is a local eco-
nomic development project funded by Canada
($18.5 million) through the Caribbean regional pro-
gram. It is designed to stimulate sustainable local
economic development (led) through the growth of
the micro, small and medium size enterprise
The program also promotes the strengthening of
competencies in local governments or local agencies
of central government in several Caribbean countries
to support led.
In T&T CARILED has been providing technical sup-
port to the Ministry of Local Government and re-
gional municipalities including Point Fortin, Princes
Town/Mayaro, San Juan/Laventille and Tobago on
marketing, entrepreneurship, business start-up and
International education is a priority for the govern-
ment of Canada as it builds long-term people-to-peo-
ple links that contribute significant economic
benefits to the home countries of the students as
well as Canada.
Academic ties between T&T are far-reaching and
long-standing. Canadian Presbyterian missionaries
were responsible for establishing educational institu-
tions in the country some 100 years ago, institutions
which still exist today.
There are currently two private secondary schools
which use a Canadian (Ontario) curriculum and the
High Commission in Port-of-Spain issues approxi-
mately 250 -- 350 study permits to citizens of T&T
every year. The High Commission hosts in conjunc-
tion with the US embassy an annual education fair to
promote study in Canada.
Several local tertiary education institutions have
signed co-operative agreements with a number of
Canadian institutions to facilitate collaborative re-
search projects, degree programmes, as well as staff
and student exchanges including the University of
the West Indies, University of T&T and COSTATT to
name a few.
A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST
Whether it is through our security co-operation, our business and
investment relationships, our academic linkages, or the multiplicity of
other people-to-people ties, the relationship between our two coun-
tries and citizens is warm, strong and incredibly enduring. As Canada's
Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston, said during
his historic visit to T&T in 2012, "ours is a relationship of trust."
And so I invite you -- Canadians and Trinbagonians alike -- to join
me in commemorating not only Canada Day 2015. As T&T's national
motto indicates, 'Together we Aspire, Together we achieve', I want
T&T and Canada to work together towards the better good of both
our nations. We celebrate as the best of partners, friends and family.
Happy Canada Day to all -- Bonne fête du Canada à tous!
Academic ties between T&T are
far-reaching and long-standing.
Canadian Presbyterian missionaries
were responsible for establishing
educational institutions in the
country some 100 years ago,
institutions which still exist today."
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