PIERRE Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Republic Day in India:
“When they officially gained their independence in 1947, the people of India came together with a vision of freedom and democracy for their country. Together, elected officials worked to craft the core constitutional documents and arrangements that would form the cornerstone of political life in India as they mapped out their future as a sovereign, democratic nation.
“On this day in 1950, these efforts came to joyful fruition, as the Constitution of India was brought into effect, entrenching the values of freedom and equality for all Indians and laying a firm foundation for the world’s largest democracy.
“Today, India continues to flourish and make invaluable contributions to the international community. The values enshrined in its Constitution remain central to India’s national identity as it works to champion justice and liberty on the world stage.
“Here in Canada, we celebrate the long-standing friendship between our two countries, rooted in our shared heritage, democratic values, and fruitful collaboration.
“As millions of people come together for a day of parades and festivities celebrating India’s democratic journey and the sacrifices of those who have fought to safeguard its freedom, I send my best wishes to all who are celebrating in India, here in Canada and around the world.
“Happy Republic Day!”