Statement by the Prime Minister on the occasion of Europe Day

OTTAWA (ON), May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeautoday issued the following statement on the occasion of Europe Day:

“Today we join our friends and allies around the world to mark Europe Day and celebrate the values ​​of democracy, peace and unity that have shaped modern times. Europe.

“Like Russia illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine continues, maintaining these shared values ​​has never been more important. Thousands of people have died, millions more have been displaced, and the effects of President Putin’s senseless war continue to reverberate around the world.

“Faced with the ongoing Russian aggression, the inhabitants of Europe and all over the world are rising up to support Ukraine. Through continued engagement with the European Union (EU) and other international partners, Canada worked to hold the Russian regime accountable for its illegal war and support the Ukrainian people. EU Member States have also taken decisive action to respond to the humanitarian crisis, welcoming millions of people fleeing conflict into their homes and communities.

“Last month, I co-hosted the Stand Up for Ukraine campaign engagement event with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenwhich made it possible to raise more than $12 billion for Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons. Yesterday I traveled to Ukraine to meet President Zelenskyy and participate in the G7 leaders’ meeting alongside him, reaffirming from Canada unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. This ongoing close collaboration reflects our shared values ​​of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which are at the heart of European and Canadian identities.

Canada and the EU have a strong partnership based on long-standing friendship and cooperation. Our faith in multilateralism, pluralism, openness and diversity will continue to guide our work in defending these values ​​that unite us. We will also continue to work together to strengthen energy security and accelerate the transition to clean energy, creating opportunities for people on both sides of the Atlantic, including through the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

“On behalf of the government of Canada, I invite all Canadians today to celebrate the strong ties between our country and the EU. Together, we will continue to uphold the ideals of democracy, international security and prosperity as we work to build a better and fairer future for all. »

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Mary I. Bruner