The following is a statement by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak on the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day:
“On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to everyone commemorating the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day.
“August 24 is a day of celebration, as well as a time of solemn remembrance of the many people who endured hardships and lost their lives, especially during the Ukrainian Holodomor/Genocide of 1932-33.
“The road to an independent nation was arduous and hard-won, but an unwavering belief in democracy, justice and a brighter future is what enabled the citizens of Ukraine to achieve freedom.
“I’m proud that on September 7, we will be celebrating Ukrainian Heritage Day, which marks the day the first two immigrants from Ukraine – Vasyl Eleniak and Ivan Pylypiw – arrived in Canada in 1891.
“More than 120 years later, Ontario is home to a strong, growing community of Ukrainian descendents, whose perseverance, hard work and diligence have helped to strengthen and enrich our province. From public service to sports and academia, Ukrainian Canadians have excelled.
“On Saturday, may we all take a moment to remember the many sacrifices that have made Ukraine’s independence a reality, and pay tribute to the many accomplishments of our province’s Ukrainian Canadians.”