Ottawa – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of the 72nd anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s independence:
“Today, the people of the Republic of Korea and Korean communities in Canada and around the world celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Korea’s independence, also known as ‘Gwangbokjeol’ or ‘Restoration of Light Day’.
“Over sixty years ago, thousands of Canadians fought in the Korean War in the defence of the Republic of Korea. Since then, the Republic of Korea and Canada have been close friends and increasingly important economic partners. Today, we share a commitment to democratic values, open markets, and the rule of law.
“I look forward to working with President Moon Jae-in to further deepen the relationship between our two countries. Together, we will address important international issues, including peace and collective security, climate change, and trade liberalization.
“As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, I invite all Canadians to recognize the significant contributions that Korean Canadians have made, and continue to make, to our country.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy Independence Day.”