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Ever Wanted To Receive A Congratulatory Letter From The Prime Minister? Here Are The Occasions And H
January 23, 2013
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Earlier this season, we posted some pictures of Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an unexpected guest in an Ottawa couple's wedding photos.

While it's unlikely he'll be able to personally join you at your next celebration, if you have a special anniversary or a milestone birthday coming up, you can receive written congratulations from the Prime Minister.

It's nothing new, and we have no real reason to tell you this, other than we stumbled upon it and thought you might like to know - in case you're stumped for a gift.

Plus, it's a slice of Canadiana that not everyone knows about.

All it takes is a simple request to the Prime Minister's Office. You'll get a certificate personally signed by the Prime Minister--currently (and until October 2015) the Right Honourable Stephen Harper--as long as you submit your request at least six weeks in advance of the date you're celebrating.

Certificates are available for celebrations on five-year intervals, beginning with 25th wedding anniversaries and 65th birthdays.

And despite people's constant complaints about bureaucratic red tape, the process really isn't as difficult or unattainable as you might think. All the details are posted publicly on the PMO's website.

You can send one for yourself or set it up on behalf of someone you know. The certificates will be sent via Canada Post, but you can submit your request by mail, as well as fax, e-mail, or through an online form.

Click here to access the Prime Minister's official website. And sorry for our international readers, but this offer is only available to Canadian citizens.

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