Canada Plus: July, August & September

Newsletter July 1st 2024

Canada Plus: July, August & September

Happy Canada Day!

A Message from the High Commissioner

The terrific Canada Day festivities on Trafalgar Square yesterday depicted many of our treasured national symbols and values – from hockey and poutine to great Canadian music and talent.

A big thank you to everyone who joined the celebration, to all our sponsors, volunteers and performers, and to the exceptional team at Canada Day London who organized it all.

With summer now upon us, I hope you are all planning to get some quality time with family and friends. I’m looking forward to visiting a few farmers’ markets and cultural festivals – comparing the kinds of events I’m used to in Canada with their British counterparts, and testing the quality of the hot dogs.

For U.K. politicians it will be a hectic time with their national election on July 4th, the rapid formation of a government within a couple of days thereafter, and then the return of Parliament and the King’s Speech right after that.  Canada House will work hard to keep up with the lively tempo of British democracy.

We’ll also pause to “tip our wings” to the Royal Canadian Airforce.  The RCAF is celebrating its 100 anniversary this year, and we’ll be hosting a special reception at Canada House in July to mark this auspicious occasion.  The history of the RAF and the RCAF is a great story of innovation, gallantry and high adventure.

We expect to be welcoming at least two Canadian cabinet ministers to the U.K. in July to help showcase Canadian expertise at the biennial Farnborough Air Show.  Aeronautics is just one field of sophisticated technology and advanced manufacturing in which Canada and the U.K. share tremendous scientific and commercial partnerships.  Opportunities abound as well in such fields as AI, quantum engineering, cyber security and more.

Apart from all the Festivals in Edinburgh, August tends to be a “quieter” time in the U.K.  We’ll see if that holds true this year in the wake of the election.  But no doubt the pace will accelerate in September.

Among other things in September, I will be traveling in Scotland for a few days with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem will be in London to address the Canada-U.K. Chamber of Commerce. The Terry Fox Run will be held at Battersea Park in London, Victoria Park in Glasgow and the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire (with even more runs in Wrexham and Belfast in October), raising precious funds for cancer research. September ends with the annual British political party conferences, while the National Ballet of Canada arrives in the U.K. for its first London Visit in 11 years.

It’s going to be a busy time – but for now, I just want to focus on finding that first high-quality British hot dog 🌭of the summer!

Best wishes,

Ralph G.

High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom

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