THE VIMY FOUNDATION HELPS HARPER GOVERNMENT TO UNVEIL NEW EPASSPORT

On behalf of The Vimy Foundation I would like to thank the Government of Canada for launching the new ePassport.

You should be commended, Minister, for another federal initiative that showcases the best of Canadian history and which makes us all proud of our shared past.

The Vimy Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s 1st World War legacy, as symbolized by the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. So, in particular, we are very pleased that one of the new passport’s featured images will of the Vimy memorial.

Vimy is an iconic milestone for Canada where our country came of age and was recognized on the world stage; it was also very much a victory for creative Canadian planning and innovation. Isn’t it appropriate that this new ePassport contains world class security features and images that are reflective of our values, modern and innovative — they communicate a tradition of staying on top of our game that began, one might argue, 95 years ago on a cold and snowy morning in France.

The Foundation hopes to inspire youth (and new Canadians) by carrying out its mission through education and distribution of a pin, such as the one I am wearing this morning on my lapel. More information about the Vimy Foundation can be found at www.vimyfoundation.ca.

In conclusion and picking up on a point made in your remarks, Minister, “a generation which ignores history has no past and no future”.

Congratulations and thank you.

See the complete press conference athttp://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/10/26/pol-baird-passports-images.html