Canada’s Bill S-219 distorts Vietnam’s liberation struggle: Vietnamese foreign ministry

Vietnam has strongly opposed Canada’s passage of the Bill S-219, which distorts Vietnamese people’s past struggle for national liberation and reunification

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesperson Le Hai Binh is seen in this file photo.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday vehemently objected to Canada’s passage of the Bill S-219 or the so-called Journey to Freedom Day Act, as it distorts Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation and reunification.

The objection was released by the ministry’s spokesperson Le Hai Binh in Hanoi on Friday, April 24.

Binh emphasized that the Bill S-219 is an absolutely wrong law, whose contents distort the Vietnamese people’s past struggle for national liberation and reunification, which had been supported by the international community, including Canada.

This is a step backward in the relationship between the two countries, adversely affecting the developing ties between Vietnam and Canada and hurting the feelings of Vietnamese people as well as a large part of the Vietnamese community in Canada, Binh said.

“Over the past many years, both Vietnam and Canada have been making efforts to develop their relations. We hope that Canada will be aware of the negative impact of the passage of Bill S-219 and will take measures to remedy it and prevent similar occurrences,” the spokesman said.

On the same day, the ministry called in the Canadian Ambassador to protest over the bill and make clear Vietnam’s view on this issue.

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