AUGUST 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement to mark the Anniversary of India’s Independence:

“Today, Canadians of Indian descent and the Indian diaspora around the world celebrate the 73rd year of India’s Independence.

“This anniversary represents how India has long been an example of political freedoms and economic opportunity, as it continues to play an important role on the world stage. Boasting a population of over 1 billion people, India’s presence on the international stage and increasing economic development have helped foster international peace and security and helped millions of people to rise out of poverty.

“Canada’s relationship with India has been longstanding, and our two countries have much in common as fellow nations of the Commonwealth, including our shared history and our common values of democracy, pluralism, and economic development.  I was honoured to visit India this past fall to meet with Prime Minister Modi and other Indian governmental, business, and civil leaders, to highlight the importance of this critical relationship.

“Today, over one million people of Indian descent from many different religious and cultural communities call Canada home. The Indo-Canadian community has made tremendous contributions to our country’s success in areas of art, trade, business, technological advancements, and education, helping to keep it strong and prosperous.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating the anniversary of India’s Independence!

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham

(613) 947-9943

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