On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Canada as you celebrate the 143rd
anniversary of your Confederation this July 1. Canada and the United States have long been the closest of friends and allies. We are joined by our fundamental values, our shared history, and our beautiful continent. Each day, 300,000 of our citizens cross the longest peaceful border in the world, further intertwining our cultures and our economies.
The United States deeply appreciates and honors our close relationship with our neighbors to the north. We have been resolute partners in the march to advance the cause of democracy, transparency, and good governance throughout the world, and we will continue to work together closely to address the challenges of the 21st
century. From Signal Hill to Parliament Hill to Vancouver Island, or wherever you gather and sing "O Canada," I wish all Canadians a safe and happy Canada Day celebration.