24 August 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence:
“On behalf of all Canadians, I am pleased to extend my very best wishes to all those celebrating the anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
“Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Since then, our bilateral relations continue to be strengthened through enhanced political, economic and cultural ties. This includes our significant contributions to promoting economic development and democracy in Ukraine, such as sending hundreds of election observers to five successive Ukrainian elections since 2004 to help ensure free and fair elections. We will continue to support the Ukrainian people in their efforts to secure a fully democratic and prosperous future.
“Today is also an occasion to celebrate Canada’s extraordinarily rich Ukrainian heritage and the immense contributions of Ukrainian-Canadians – both past and present – to the fabric of our great nation.
“Once again, Laureen and I would like to wish all those celebrating this important moment in Ukrainian history a happy Independence Day.”