Ottawa, ON — The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:
“One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the people of the Philippines rose up against colonial rule and demanded their freedom. Inspired by a powerful vision of liberty for their people, they denounced the exploitation and arbitrary arrests of their former rulers and threw off the ‘ominous yoke of domination.’
“Although the years of the First Philippine Republic were filled with many challenges, the 1898 Declaration of Independence would continue to encourage generations of Filipinos in their journey towards lasting, permanent independence. Today, this document continues to serve as a profound symbol of the Philippines’ inspiring heritage of freedom.
“On Philippine Independence Day – also known as the Day of Freedom – we honour the 125th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate its incredible legacy, which sustained Filipinos as they worked to make their country a champion of freedom and democracy in the world.
“Today also provides each of us an opportunity to recognize the countless contributions of the more than 800,000 people of Philippine origin who have brought the gifts of their heritage here to Canada. Today, we join Filipinos and Filipino Canadians in the celebration of their rich history, traditions, and culture, which have been a source of light and life for millions of people all over the world.
“Happy Philippine Independence Day.”