Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two of Canada's senior cabinet ministers congratulate Ukraine on 20 years of independence

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, issued the following statement recognizing today’s celebration of Ukraine Independence Day:

“Today commemorates the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence in 1991. Canada was the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence, reflecting the strong ties between our countries.

Canadians and Ukrainians share many of the same fundamental values, including our support for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Ukraine to help realize the country’s full economic potential in a strengthened democracy.

This year also marks the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Since that time, the Ukrainian community has contributed to our country’s prosperity through their talents, hard work and culture. Today, there are now more than 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent.

For all Canadians, Ukraine Independence Day provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Ukrainian culture and traditions, and to reflect on the tremendous contributions of the Ukrainian community to Canada’s rich and diverse heritage.”

Original statement published on the Government of Canada website here.

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