Statement from Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre on Vyshyvanka Day 

May 18, 2023

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Vyshyvanka Day: 

“Today, we join millions of Ukrainians in Canada, Ukraine and around the world to celebrate Vyshyvanka Day. For centuries, the vyshyvanka has been a powerful symbol of Ukraine’s unique heritage and identity. Its iconic, colourful embroidery is inextricably tied to Ukraine’s rich history and culture and has served as an emblem of hope for generations of Ukrainians in times of unbelievable hardship.  

“Today, this remains as true as ever, as Ukraine has once again been plunged into the devastation of war. For over a year, the world has watched in horror as Russia has carried out its unprovoked attack and brutal atrocities on Ukrainian soil. In equal measure, the free world has watched in awe as the people of Ukraine have valiantly defended their homeland.   

“On Vyshyvanka Day, we admire the incredible heroism of the Ukrainian people as they fight to preserve their freedom. As we celebrate the iconic symbolism of the vyshyvanka, we recognize the enduring bonds of culture and the values that the Ukrainians have cherished through centuries. 

“Today, when the Ukrainians around the world have joined their efforts to protect their beloved country, this garment serves more than ever as a symbol of Ukraine’s unbreakable spirit. Wearing vyshyvanka is now uniting us all in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and offering us renewed hope for a strong and free Ukraine. 

“Slava Ukraini. Glory to the Heroes. Happy Vyshyvanka Day.”