PRIME Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday (August 14) issued the following statement to mark the 67th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence:
“On behalf of all Canadians, I am pleased to extend my best wishes to all those celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence.
“Canada and Pakistan pursue a range of interests in the context of bilateral relations. People-to-people links between Pakistan and Canada remain strong. Pakistan is among Canada’s top ten sources of immigrants, and the large Pakistani-Canadian community, which numbers over 155,000, continues to make significant contributions to the prosperity and vibrancy of our country.
“Once again, I offer my congratulations to all those celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day.”
FEDERAL Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau issued the following statement in recognition of Pakistan’s Independence Day:
“Today, I join with members of the Liberal Party of Canada and the entirety of our Parliamentary Caucus in sending our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the 67th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. Members of Canada’s Pakistani community will celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day by reaching out to share their history and culture with fellow Canadians at events held across the country today.
“Together, we recognize that the values of the Pakistani community are ones that all Canadians share, and we are reminded that our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths. With so many people of Pakistani descent who call Canada home, today is an opportunity for us all to take pride in the contributions that they have made to our country, and that an independent Pakistan has made to the world.
“As we celebrate today, I would like to wish you and your loved ones the very best on this special occasion.”