AUGUST 24, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Ukrainian Independence Day:

“I am pleased to extend my best wishes to all those in Canada and around the world celebrating the twenty eighth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

“Throughout their history, Ukraine’s people showed a tremendous determination to establish a free and independent state. Finally, the dream of millions of Ukrainians came true as Ukraine declared its freedom from communism and independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Canadians are extremely proud to have been the first country in the West to publicly recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“With almost 1.4 million Canadians tracing their heritage to Ukraine, our countries enjoy a special relationship. We are grateful for the contributions of the Ukrainian Canadian community over the last 128 years since the arrival of the first settlers to Canada in 1891.

“Canada’s Conservatives have always defended Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our previous Conservative government was at the forefront of opposing Vladimir Putin and his military aggression and violence in Ukraine following the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. By imposing a wide range of sanctions and providing critical military aid to Ukraine, Canada demonstrated our unequivocal support for Ukraine and its people.

“Since the onset of the current conflict, we have been crystal clear that we will never recognize the Kremlin’s occupation of the Crimea and its military invasion of parts of the Donbas region. We will always stand by our friends and continue to condemn human rights violations and illegal persecutions on the occupied territories of Ukraine.

“We will always side with those who value freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. We are proud that Operation UNIFIER, started by our previous Conservative government, has contributed significantly to training and building capacity for Ukrainian troops, who are fighting to defend their country.

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, we wish everyone celebrating a happy Ukrainian Independence Day!

“Slava Ukrayini!”

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Julie Pham
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