February 17, 2014
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the occasion of Louis Riel Day:
“I am pleased to join Canadians, and particularly Métis communities, as we mark Louis Riel Day. This is an opportunity to pay tribute to a remarkable Manitoban and a man whose influence shaped the foundation of Canada.
“Louis Riel is remembered for his struggle and sacrifice for Métis rights. Today is an occasion to recognize and respect the history and culture of the Métis nation, as well as its contribution to building Canada. We must renew our commitment to working with Métis communities now and in the future.
“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I join all Canadians in honouring this iconic Canadian and the continuing contributions of the Métis to our country.”
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