Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean: "If you only knew how proud I am."
I was born in a country where for many years, the uniform had come to symbolize brutality, horror and tyranny.
Since the beginning of my mandate, I have worked alongside you every day. I have visited your places of work. I have seen you in action.
If you only knew how proud I am of you as I look out at you today; how proud I am to be your commander-in-chief. You have forever changed my perception of the men and women who don the uniform, and for that, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.