Mr. Speaker, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is an independent organization, established in 1994 by the Government of Canada. Located in southwest Nova Scotia, the centre uses the facilities of former Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis.
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre supports and enhances the Canadian contribution to international peace and security through the provision of quality research, education and training in all aspects of peace operations.
Since 1995 the centre has hosted over 6,000 persons from Canada and 142 other countries.
The Centre must continue to serve as a centre of excellence to further strengthen Canada's role in supporting international peace and security.
My sincere thanks to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of National Defence for their continued cooperation in ensuring that we maintain this important resource at Cornwallis in Nova Scotia.