Canadian politicians offer congratulations to King Charles on Coronation Day
The coronation of King Charles III took place early Saturday morning in London’s historic Westminster Abbey, prompting well-wishes from across Canada. Here’s what people had to say:
“Today, we ring in the reign of His Majesty King Charles III and reaffirm Canada’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth. As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us be reminded of our shared values of inclusivity, diversity, and respect for human rights as we work together to build a better future for all members of the Commonwealth.”
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
"It is my great honour and pleasure to congratulate His Majesty King Charles III, King of Canada, on the historic occasion of his Coronation.
"Seventy years have passed since the last Coronation, offering us an opportunity to reflect on all that has changed in our country, the Commonwealth and the world around us. And so much has changed. The evolution of technology, society and economics is happening at a quickening pace. And while the Crown has also evolved during this time, it continues to be an anchor for our robust and stable democracy and our diverse country.
"His Majesty has great admiration and affection for Canada, having conducted a number of Royal Tours and visits many times over the years. And I have seen first-hand his dedication to walking the path of reconciliation. His meeting with national Indigenous leaders this week reinforces his interest in renewing the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.
"We also welcome His Majesty’s continued work in advancing issues of global concern and in bringing about positive change, notably through his commitment to encouraging volunteerism, to promoting environmental sustainability and to empowering youth. These interests are reflected in the Coronation itself, as well as in the selection of invited delegates.
"In fact, I am inspired by all the delegates from Canada and the Commonwealth nations—extraordinary people who are making change happen in their communities every day. Thank you for all that you do and for representing your country at this historic event.
"As we mark this wonderful occasion, I invite all Canadians to look back on the country we were, celebrate the country we have become, and engage in conversations about the country we want to be.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Their Majesties on this auspicious occasion. I look forward to continuing to support our Sovereign in his important work."
- Gov. Gen. Mary Simon
“We support His Majesty’s focus on issues relevant to Nunavut, including reconciliation and climate change. The Government of Nunavut is a responsible government with a role for the Crown. We fully support our friend, Governor General Mary Simon, as the King’s representative in Canada."
- Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeegok
“It’s the first time our constitutional monarchy will recognize a new Sovereign in 70 years, and it is both a historic and significant moment in our history. I wish King Charles III health and prosperity during his reign and look forward to welcoming His Majesty and Queen Camilla on a visit to P.E.I. at some time in the future.”
- P.E.I. Premier Dennis King
"We look forward to witnessing the accomplishments that will come during His Majesty's time on the throne, including work on The King's commitment to reconciliation and continuing to improve the relationship with Indigenous peoples."
- Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai
“The coronation is a triumph of optimism and hope, and a source of inspiration and pride for Albertans, Canadians and people around the world ... Loyal Albertans look forward to a continuing positive relationship with His Majesty as King of Canada, and in whose name the Alberta government performs its duties."
- Alberta Premier Danielle Smith
"This occasion provides an important opportunity to reaffirm our city’s commitment to our shared interests with the King, including fighting climate change, advancing Indigenous truth and reconciliation, and honouring religious diversity and multiculturalism."
- Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2023.
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