The Embassy of France in Ottawa has therefore arranged for a giant image expressing France’s gratitude to the Canadian people to be projected onto the Federal Parliament Buildings every evening from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am from June 3 to 9. France is expressing its gratitude through this building which embodies the home of the people’s elected representatives, a forum for debate for all Canadian provinces and a symbolic building, the guarantor of freedom and Canadian democracy.
In general, France and Canada share a same vision of international relations: commitment to multilateralism, focusing on international security issues as well as promoting democracy and good governance. The two countries have seats in numerous fora (NATO, G8, OECD, OSCE, OIF…). More specifically, there is close cooperation between France and Canada on issues of common interest such as cultural diversity (UNESCO Convention), peacekeeping operations (Afghanistan, Haiti, Africa), and development assistance (2006 agreement promoting joint actions). Moreover, exchanges of experience on social issues (health, immigration, security, reform of the state) have been particularly successful.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon (SPM) represents a critical issue in Franco-Canadian relations. Following the arbitrator’s decision in June 1992 regarding SPM’s Exclusive Economic Zone, France and Canada signed an agreement in 1994 governing fisheries and regional cooperation with Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces. A joint commission meets annually to strengthen this cooperation.
Updated on 05.02.12
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