Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted on Facebook photos of his visit to a Filipino restaurant in Toronto.
“Celebrating Filipino Heritage Month with Salma Zahid and a big plate of food in Scarborough,” the social media-savvy politician wrote on June 14.
Zahid is the Liberal MP for Scarborough Centre, who authored Motion 155 declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month in Canada.
Zahid’s private member’s motion won unanimous support in the House of Commons last year.
June 2019 marked the first celebration of Filipino Heritage Month across the country.
“Thanks to everyone at FV Foods for the warm welcome!” Trudeau said, referring to the Scarborough-area restaurant he and Zahid visited.
Two days before Trudeau’s social media post, Filipinos around the world observed the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Trudeau issued the following statement for the occasion:
“Today, we join the Filipino community in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Cultural bonds – built through many generations of people-to-people ties – are the foundation of the relationship between Canada and the Philippines. Today, more than 837,000 Canadians of Filipino origin call Canada home.
Canada looks forward to continuing to work with the Philippines to deepen this relationship.
Today, I invite all Canadians to celebrate the important contributions that members of the Canadian-Filipino community have made – and continue to make – to our country. I also extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Philippine Independence Day, here in Canada and around the world.
Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!