Ottawa, Ontario – 12 June 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Philippine Independence Day:
“Today, I extend warm wishes to the people of the Philippines and to all Filipinos in Canada and around the world celebrating the 116th anniversary of Philippine Independence.
“Our country is home to one of the largest Filipino communities in the world, with well over half a million people identifying themselves as Filipino-Canadians.
“The Filipino community continues to make enormous contributions to our country in many areas of endeavour, helping to build a stronger and more prosperous Canada while further improving our bilateral relationship with the Philippines.
“I remember the warm welcome I received during my first visit to the Philippines in 2012, where I expressed our Government’s commitment to deepening the friendship between our two countries.
“I was particularly pleased with the way the Government of Canada, the Filipino-Canadian community and the Government of the Philippines worked together to address the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on PanayIsland and other affected areas last year. The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund was a success and I am proud of Canadians’ generosity and the role they played – together with our Government and Canadian charities and organizations – in helping the people of the Philippines recover from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish all those celebrating today a very happy Philippine Independence Day.”