STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the celebration of Philippine Independence Day:
“Today, I extend my best wishes to Filipino-Canadians and all those around the world celebrating the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day.
“Canada has a strong and active Filipino community of nearly 500,000 people, and it continues to grow. The Philippines is one of the largest source countries for immigrants in Canada, and Tagalog is Canada’s fastest growing language.
“Canada’s Filipino community contributes immensely to our country in all areas of endeavour. In particular, in September 2012, I was proud to appoint Mr. Tobias C. Enverga Jr. as Canada’s first Senator of Filipino heritage.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish all celebrants a happy Philippine Independence Day. I also encourage Canadians to learn more about our country’s vibrant Filipino community.”
History was made on June 12th, 2013 where hundreds of Filipinos from all across Canada flocked to Ottawa in celebration of the 115th year of Philippine Independence. It was the first time that the Philippine flag was raised on Parliament Hill and it was truly a memorable event. Individuals as far as Toronto to Montreal to Winnipeg and even from New Brunswick came to witness this special event.
Special thanks to members of the Filipino Aspirations of Rizal, PCCF, the amazing performers and singers, the Filipino Parents Assoc, Knights of Rizal, Filipino Assoc of NB and Saint John Inc and more. Among the special guests were Senator Tobias Enverga, Ambassador Leslie Gatan and several Senators and MPs.
Let us all be Proud to be Pinoy! Proud to be Canadian!