October 9, 2015 – Statement from B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan on Fiji Republic’s 45th Independence Day Celebration

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VICTORIA – B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan offered his congratulations to the Canadian Fijian community as they celebrate their nation’s 45th Independence Day. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom Oct. 10, 1970.

“On behalf of the B.C. New Democrat caucus, I would like to extend best wishes to the Canadian Fijian community as they celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Fiji Republic’s independence on Oct. 10. Canada has been a home for many Fijians since the 1970s and we are proud to have people from that beautiful Island who now call themselves Canadians in our province,” said Horgan.

Bruce Ralston, the New Democrat spokesperson for trade and multiculturalism, added, “the many Fijians who call Canada home have made invaluable contributions to their local communities and have excelled in being part of our vibrant, multicultural society.

“This year, it was our pleasure to host and welcome the Fijian Prime Minister, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to British Columbia. It was a joy to see the both Fijians and Canadians greet him with such open arms. As Fijians celebrates another year of independence, we hope to see continued ties and a strong relationship between our two countries,” said Ralston.