The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.

“Over the coming days, Chinese communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the Spring Festival and welcome the Year of the Pig. Calm and compassionate, the Pig symbolizes good fortune, honesty, and success.

“As friends and family come together to celebrate new beginnings, it’s also a chance to honour the remarkable contributions Chinese Canadians continue to make to our country. From coast to coast to coast, Chinese Canadians build a stronger, more inclusive Canada every day.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a Year of the Pig filled with joy, health, and good fortune.

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