August 15, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ON – Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement: “Today, I am pleased to extend my best wishes to everyone in Canada and around the world celebrating the 72nd anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism. Today, we also celebrate the Republic of Korea’s achievements, and recognize the immense contributions of Korean-Canadians in making our country great. “This day, also known as the ‘Gwangbokjeol’, or ‘National Liberation Day of Korea’, provides an opportunity for us to reflect on South Korea’s achievements as an economic leader and as a strong and stable democratic nation. “Canada shares a special friendship with South Korea. During the Korean War, Canada played an important role as over 26,000 Canadians served during the war and more than 7000 in peace-keeping duties after the signing of the Armistice. “Canada is home to a vibrant Korean community, and our friendship with South Korea continually grows, as highlighted by the Canada- Korea Free Trade Agreement implemented in 2015. “On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating the 72nd anniversary of South Korea’s Independence. “Happy National Liberation Day of Korea!” -30- For more information: Anthony Farrow (613) 995-9054 [email protected] Jake Enwright 613-290-8298 [email protected]