HARPER EXTENDS BEST WISHES ON THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH KOREA'S INDEPENDENCE
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued this statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s independence:
“I am pleased to extend my best wishes to everyone in Canada and around the world celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s independence. “This day, also known as the Gwangbokjeol, or ‘Restoration of Light Day,’ allows us to reflect on the success of South Korea as an economic leader and innovator with a strong democratic foundation.
“We also remember the important role that Canada played in the Korean War, and the strong ties between Canada and Korea that have developed since then based on our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. I am especially pleased that our Conservative government negotiated and concluded the historic Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement that came into force earlier this year.
On this day, we also celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Korean origin, who contribute immensely to our country, including as members of the Canadian Armed Forces and entrepreneurs. That is why I am proud to have appointed Canada’s first-ever Senator of Korean origin, Conservative Yonah Kim Martin, in 2009.
“I wish everyone celebrating today a very happy Korean Independence Day.”