The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Ukrainian Independence Day
AUGUST 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, issues statement on Ukrainian Independence Day:
“I am pleased to extend my best wishes to all those in Canada and around the world who are celebrating the 27th anniversary of Ukraine regaining its independence and becoming a free nation. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first declaration of Ukrainian statehood in 1918.
“When Ukraine declared independence on August 24th, 1991, Canada was the first Western country to offer recognition to Ukraine’s renewed sovereignty. On that day, a strong and lasting bond was created that both countries and peoples continue to enjoy today.
“As of late, Ukraine has been forced to once again defend its freedom. I am proud of the Conservative Party’s long-standing support for the Ukrainian people in their fight to reestablish sovereignty over the occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea.
“I would also like to honor all of the brave soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to restore freedom, justice, and sovereignty to Ukraine.
“It has been over 125 years since the first Ukrainian settlers arrived in Canada. Currently, almost one-and-a-half million Canadians trace their heritage back to Ukraine. These hardworking men and women have made significant contributions to Canadian society and have helped build the strong, free, and pluralistic Canada we all enjoy today.
“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, we wish everyone celebrating a happy Ukrainian Independence Day!
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