Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Philippine Independence Day

TORONTO – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:

“Today, we join together with the Filipino community – here in Canada, in the Philippines, and around the world – to celebrate the 117th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

“With more than 700,000 Canadians tracing their heritage to the Philippines, our nations share deep and enduring cultural links. Last month, I was honoured to discuss this and our strong trade ties – both of which contribute to our successful bilateral relationship – when I met with President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III.

“As we commemorate this occasion, we are reminded of the important contributions that Filipino-Canadians have, and continue to make, to our national fabric. Canada’s success is rooted in our unique approach to liberty through inclusive diversity. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a country that is strong not in spite of its differences, but precisely because of them.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, Sophie and I wish you a happy Independence Day and a prosperous future. Mabuhay!