BARRIE, ON, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today issued the following statement:
"Having the honour of serving Canada's Veterans as their Minister of Veterans Affairs is a profound and enriching experience. I would like to thank Prime Minister Harper for providing me with the opportunity to now also represent Canada's vibrant francophone communities as Minister for La Francophonie.
"The countries of the Francophonie have ties based on the French language and also on many important shared values.
Canada will continue to promote the French language at the Francophonie while also promoting a healthy respect for individual freedoms, strengthened democracy and the rule of law."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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