Canada’s 150th is an opportunity to ‘remind the world’ of country’s values, says Queen.

2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary. Queen Elizabeth II has issued a special statement to all Canadians expressing best wishes and congratulations on the 150th anniversary year of Confederation.

The queen has said that Canada has “earned a reputation as a welcoming, respectful and compassionate country.”

She shared, “ Fifty years ago, on the eve of the Centennial, I encouraged Canadians to continue to embody the values of equality, freedom and inclusion.Today, these values remain deeply rooted in the Canadian experience,” the Queen went on. “Your country, while still young, has the maturity needed to follow its passions.”

The Queen added,“Throughout the coming year, you will have the opportunity to remind the world of the importance of protecting those values and of passing them on to future generations.”