Ottawa, Ontario - April 22, 2019

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the results of the Ukrainian presidential election:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his election victory.

“The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. Canada commends the millions of Ukrainians who exercised their democratic rights and went to the polls. In casting their ballots, Ukrainians have inspired people across the region and around the world.

"Canada is proud to have deployed hundreds of election observers to Ukraine, and I thank Lloyd Axworthy for his work leading the observer delegation. Canada is also providing funding for projects that support fair, transparent, and legitimate democratic elections in the country. We are unwavering in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and our enduring commitment to the rules-based international order.

“Canada stands for democracy around the world, and will continue to be a steadfast partner of the people of Ukraine. We will co-host the third Ukraine Reform Conference this July and bring together key international partners to reinforce Ukraine’s reform achievements and help the country set a clear path for its democratic future.

“Canada and Ukraine are united by a strong relationship, rooted in close people-to-people ties. I look forward to working with President-elect Zelenskiy to deepen our relationship and build a more secure, more prosperous future for people in both our countries.”