High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives David McKinnon in his message to mark Canada Day said the bilateral friendship between the two countries that goes back many decades has been further strengthened in recent times.
“The bilateral friendship between Sri Lanka and Canada goes back many decades and is strengthened by our deep people-to-people ties. Over the past few months, this partnership has been further strengthened as we worked with ministries and civil society partners to provide assistance and relief to the most vulnerable communities, including women and children, the High Commissioner said in his message.
He said that livelihoods and economic activities around the globe have been disrupted by the pandemic, and Canada is committed to work with partners to build back better.
“We are extending support to strengthen the capacities of the cooperative sector and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Sri Lanka impacted by COVID-19. In international fora, Canada is working with international financial institutions to address the debt sustainability and financing challenges faced by middle-income countries, including Sri Lanka. In difficult times, we must stand together and embrace our diversity as a strength. Canada continues to support the reconciliation process through our long-standing collaboration on national languages and by assisting with demining work. We will also continue to advocate for LGBTIQ2 rights,” the message said.
On a personal note, High Commissioner McKinnon said that after nearly three years in Sri Lanka, he continues to be struck by the warmth, creativity, and resilience of individual Sri Lankans.
“This is apparent wherever I travel here and in the many very successful people of Sri Lankan origin, from all communities, who have made their homes around the world, including in Canada. Canadians of Sri Lankan heritage help make Canada the diverse and vibrant country it is today, something I want to recognize this Canada Day,” he added.