SEPTEMBER 13, 2019


Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement:

Today, Koreans in Canada and around the world gather to celebrate the beginning of the harvest festival Chuseok.

“During this festival, Koreans give thanks and pay tribute to their ancestors by attending a memorial service, Charye, and visiting ancestral graves to show their respect, a custom known as Seongmyo. During the festival, Korean families get together to share traditional feasts and share their stories.

“Chuseok provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the contributions of Canada’s vibrant Korean community.

“Canada and South Korea enjoy an important relationship based on mutual respect, admiration and common history. Above all, our countries will be forever linked by the Canadian blood spilt during the 1950-1953 Korean War in defence of the freedom of Korea and to stop communist aggression. That Canadian sacrifice will forever be remembered by our two nations.

“Canada’s Conservatives will also continue to support the Korean community in Canada and strengthen bilateral ties between our two nations. It was under the previous Conservative government that we signed the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which to this day continues to serve for the benefit of both countries by creating jobs and opportunities.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I wish all Koreans and their families a happy Chuseok!”