APRIL 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Journey to Freedom Day:
“Today, Canadians will mark the fifth Journey to Freedom Day. Every year on April 30 we commemorate the exodus of Vietnamese refugees, the largest mass migration of people in the twentieth century, and their acceptance in Canada after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
“Known as the ‘boat people’, millions of Vietnamese people fled the tyranny of communism and left behind their beloved war-torn home in search for safety and freedom. These brave refugees faced a perilous journey, where many lost their lives to deadly storms, disease and starvation. The courage and determination of Vietnamese people to live in a free and democratic society deserves the highest praise.
“I am extremely honoured that The Journey to Freedom Day Act was passed under the previous Conservative government and championed by the Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, the first Senator of Vietnamese descent. This national day of commemoration also honours Canada’s compassionate response and humanitarian aid in welcoming over 120, 000 Vietnamese refugees in their greatest time of need. Canada’s Conservatives will always be a staunch defender of freedom, democracy and human rights wherever these fundamental values are under attack.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I am proud to celebrate the incredible contributions that Canadians of Vietnamese descent have made to building our great country and commemorate those brave ‘boat people’ for their courage.”
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