The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, issues statement on the 74th Anniversary of the Liberation of Korea at the conclusion of the Second World War
August 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement:
“Today, I am pleased to congratulate all those in Canada and around the world celebrating the 74th anniversary of Korea’s independence from colonialism at the end of the Second World War. Today we recognize the contributions of Canadians of Korean heritage and recall Canada’s role in the continued preservation of freedom in South Korea.
“Canada played a key role in protecting Korea’s independence in later years. While those in the North did not get to experience the full benefits of the liberation, as one form of subjugation was replaced by another that continues to this day, Canada enjoys a special friendship with the Republic of Korea in the South. Over 26,000 Canadians served during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953; 516 gave their lives, and thousands were wounded fighting for freedom and against communist imperialism. More than 7,000 Canadian soldiers also served in ongoing peace-keeping duties after the signing of the Armistice.
“Canada is home to a vibrant Korean community, and our friendship with South Korea grows continually, as highlighted by the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiated and implemented by our previous Conservative government in 2015.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating the 74th anniversary of the Liberation of Korea.
“Happy National Liberation Day of Korea!”
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