Ottawa, Ontario - January 28, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Chinese New Year:

“Today, Chinese Canadians will begin several days of celebrations for the New Year when they honour the beginning of the year of the Rooster, which in 2017 is also known as the year of the Fire Rooster.

“During this special time, friends and families will join together to celebrate their hopes for a prosperous year to come. Celebrations are marked throughout Canada with many traditions including feasts and parades.

“This year, as we celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, let us take the opportunity to honour the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada such a wonderful place to live. Chinese Canadians have made enormous contributions to Canada and have helped make it the strong and diverse place it is today.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those marking this occasion a very happy New Year.

“Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hey Fat Choy! Gong Xi! Gong Xi!”