President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has saluted the Governor-General of Canada, The Right Honorable David Johnston, on that country’s 150th Independence Anniversary on July 1, 2017.
The day commemorates the founding of the Canadian federal government by the British North America Act of July 1, 1867.
Prior to 1982, Canada Day was known as Dominion Day and Confederation Day. The name was changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982 by an act of parliament. This day of national importance celebrates the union of the British colonies of the Upper and Lower Canada into a single dominion under the name of Canada on July 1st, 1867.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf said Canadians, “ can be assured of the appreciation of the people of Liberia for the historic bonds of cooperation and friendship subsisting between our two countries and peoples, which was manifested in the historic visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2016.”
President Sirleaf has also sent felicitations to the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on that country’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
Rwanda finally gained its independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962 when Rwanda became an independent state from Belgium. Colonization of Rwanda began in 1884, when Germany assigned the territory of the African state as a part of German East Africa. Germany lost the territory of Rwanda during World War I, when it was taken by Belgian forces. After World War II Rwanda became the UN Trust Territory of Belgium with a mandate to oversee independence. The Tutsi favored early independence and the Hutu began an emancipation movement. The tensions between them rose and led to the Rwandan Revolution in 1959. Pro-Hutu Belgians held a referendum in 1961, ratifying establishment of a monarchy.
President Sirleaf said that it gives her immense pleasure to extend her warmest congratulations and best wishes to President Kagame, the Government and people of Rwanda.