Video - Minister Garneau Commemorates Charter's 35th Anniversary

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms to me, in some ways, defines what is it to be a Canadian.

It is something that we all care deeply about in this country.

The fact that we have certain freedoms and certain rights, which I think are essential to a modern thriving democracy.

And it is actually the document that makes me the proudest as a Canadian.

The fact that our country came up with a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that it guides us in policy making in federal government and everything that we do.

I had the opportunity, during my second flight in 1996, it was a mission on board the shuttle Endeavour STS-77, before the flight you are allowed to bring some souvenirs with you. You can bring small mementos.

For example, you can bring your wife's wedding ring. I decided I also wanted to bring with me a copy, in English and in French, of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Because it is the document that I consider the most important for Canada

So I brought it up there with me. It did as many orbits as I did. Millions of kilometers.

When I got back I had the opportunity to present it to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, at the time, on the day that we celebrated the 15th anniversary.

Today, I'm delighted to be part of the 35th anniversary

And so, let me say: Happy anniversary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The 35th anniversary of a great Canadian document!

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