FEBRUARY 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement to mark Black History Month:
"Every February we mark Black History Month and honour the invaluable contributions of Black Canadians to our country throughout our history, who have enriched our culture and made our communities stronger. I am proud to join fellow Canadians in celebrating this year’s Black History Month, and in particular celebrating the energy and voices of young Black Canadians.
"As we reflect on the history of Canada’s vibrant Black, African and Caribbean communities, it is important to note the long-standing roots of those communities, which can be traced back to well before Confederation. Canada was the proud home of those who fled along the underground railroad. Canada led the way in banning the slave trade. And Black Canadians always have been and remain integral to Canada’s social fabric, culture, arts, national defence, business, politics, and every facet of our public life.
"On behalf of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the stories, experiences, hardships and triumphs of Black Canadians, as well as take part in numerous activities throughout the country celebrating this vibrant part of our heritage."
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