Hello, I'm Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy International Women's Day.
And I'd also like to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions of all the women who work so hard, day in and day out, to keep Canadians safe.
I'm proud that four of the organizations in my portfolio are led by women.
And I'm also thankful for the outstanding efforts of the thousands of women in all corners of our portfolio.
Through their skills and dedication, these women play a crucial role in Canada's response to the pandemic, and in protecting our borders, our communities, our correctional institutions and our national security.
I'm also grateful for the hard work of talented women across the government, and for our commitment to gender parity among my cabinet colleagues.
Despite the advances that women have made in the workplace, and elsewhere, I know that full gender equality remains an elusive goal, here in Canada and around the world.
And that's why I'm committed to upholding the principles of gender equality in everything that I do.
And it's why, as a portfolio, we will continue to take action against gender-based violence and discrimination.
To everyone involved in all these efforts, I thank you once again.
And to the women and girls everywhere, happy International Women's Day.