New Democrat leader John Horgan issued the following statement to the Canadian-Fijian community as they celebrate the nation’s 46th independence anniversary. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom on Oct. 10, 1970.
“On behalf of the New Democrat caucus, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Canadian-Fijian community as they celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Fiji Republic’s independence this Oct. 10. Canada has long been a home away from home for many Fijians and our citizens share a mutual commitment to democracy and freedom,” Horgan said.
New Democrat MLA’s Sue Hammell and Bruce Ralston, said: “The many Fijians who call Canada home have long been valuable and tireless contributors to their local communities and have excelled in many areas of society through hard work and community participation We also recognize Fiji’s support and work in contributing to such issues as global environmental protection and helping to ensure a stable and vibrant Pacific region.
“As Fiji continues to play its part in the South Pacific we hope for another year filled with peace, progress and prosperity for all its citizens.”