Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement to mark the 80th anniversary of the Statute of Westminster:
“Today we mark the 80th anniversary of the Statute of Westminster, one of the most important documents in our country’s history.
"The Statute removed the United Kingdom 's ability to make laws for Canada , effectively enshrining Canada 's equal status as a nation.
“This important milestone reminds us foremost of how Canadians who came before us earned our country’s independence through bravery and merit, particularly in World War I.
“On this day I encourage all Canadians to explore this remarkable document which remains a pillar of our peaceful and prosperous democracy.”
STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON the 80th anniversary of the statute of Westminster (5)