On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Canada on the 145th anniversary of your Confederation this July 1.
This year's celebration is particularly meaningful as you commemorate the bicentennial year of the War of 1812. Throughout this struggle, Canada’s national identity was forged and it is now a defining moment in the history and development of both Canada and the United States. It defined the geographic, cultural, and political future of our continent and our peoples.
Two hundred years ago, we were adversaries; today, our two countries share ties of family, culture, and trade. Our relationship is as close as the relationship between any two other countries. We work together at home and abroad building prosperity and promoting peace, human dignity and human rights. We cherish this partnership and friendship. As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, and reflect on all that you have accomplished, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Best wishes for a safe and joyous Canada Day celebration.