Statement from Governor General Mary Simon in support of Ukraine

March 1, 2022

OTTAWA, Ontario—Like all Canadians, I have watched the events in Ukraine unfold, wondering exactly how to respond not only to the heartbreaking loss of life, but also to the courage and resilience of those affected by this conflict. Our country has a large Ukrainian-Canadian community of more than a million people, many of them with friends and family fighting in Ukraine to preserve their country’s freedom, democracy and independence. Canadians are worried for their future, for the future of Ukraine.

Images of the senseless violence in the region flood our screens. Yet the citizenry’s response is encouraging. We see hope and kindness, brave actions, words of defiance, borders opening up to shield refugees, people helping each other and protecting each other.

I join the global community as we stand united. Together, for defenders of democracy and freedom. Together, for peace and security.

Together, we stand with Ukraine and its people.

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