August 15, 2014
WINNIPEG – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on National Acadian Day:
“Today, we celebrate the vibrant cultural and linguistic heritage of Canada’s Acadian people. We also pause to recognize the important and unique contributions that they have made to our society, our history, and our identity.
“National Acadian Day is also an opportunity for Canadians across the country to learn more about the Acadian people and their important legacy in shaping the country that we all call home.”
Dominic LeBlanc, the Liberal MP for Beauséjour and Liberal House Leader, continued:
“With roots that stretch back some 400 years, the Acadian people established the first French settlements in what would eventually become Canada. They are therefore responsible for bringing the French language to our shores, a language which has become a pillar of Canadian culture and identity.
“By making a conscious effort to pass on their language, traditions, and distinct identity from generation to generation, the Acadian people have persevered throughout history and have continued to make important and unique contributions to Canadian society.
Mr. Trudeau concluded:
“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I wish all those celebrating this occasion a day filled with great pride and joy.”
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