JUNE 12, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada issued the following statement for Philippines Independence Day:
“Today, we join the Filipino-Canadian community and Filipinos around the world to celebrate the historic 121st anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.
“Today marks the maturing of a free nation, built and preserved by courageous men and women who have devoted their lives to promoting a democratic and free country.
“It was under the previous Conservative government that Canada received more immigrants from the Philippines than from anywhere else in the world. As one of the fastest growing communities, over 700,000 determined and passionate Filipino-Canadians proudly call Canada their home. Canadians of Filipino heritage are resilient, hard-working citizens who are students, artists, business owners, and leaders within our communities.
“It was also in 2012, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed the late Senator Tobias Enverga Jr to become Canada’s first senator of Filipino descent. Senator Enverga was a role model and leader within the Filipino community, serving in the Upper Chamber with dedication, integrity and determination. He was known for fiercely advocating for persons with disabilities and was a tireless champion of the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.
“Our shared values are the cornerstone of the relationship between Canada and the Philippines, and our mutual commitment to international and economic development has strengthened that bond. Canada is built on a rock-solid foundation of enduring values, democratic institutions, the rule of law, and fundamental and universal human rights. We absolutely must protect these values – because they are what set us apart. They allow Canada to offer what so many other countries simply cannot: The freedom to preserve and pass on our cultural traditions and the opportunity to live in peace with those around us.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I wish all those celebrating, a Happy Philippines Independence Day!
“Maligayang araw ng kalayaan!”
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