Ottawa, Ontario - February 5, 2019

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

“Over the next few days, Vietnamese communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate Tết Nguyên Đán, the Lunar New Year.

“Tết is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate new beginnings, and look forward to the coming of spring. To welcome the Year of the Pig, families and friends will come together to enjoy special holiday foods and share best wishes for good fortune in the year to come.

“The Vietnamese New Year is also a chance to recognize the significant contributions Vietnamese Canadians make to our country each day. Generations of Vietnamese Canadians have helped build a better, more inclusive Canada, and that’s as true today as ever.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating happiness, good fortune, and prosperity in the Year of the Pig.

“Chúc mừng năm mới.”