Trudeau pays tribute to Canadian souls in Hong Kong soil

Justin Trudeau paid homage today (6 September) to Canadian soldiers who fought and died defending Hong Kong in the Second World War.

The morning downpour made a timely pause as the Canadian Prime Minister had a sojourn at the Sai Wan War Cemetery and laid a wreath at a memorial which includes the names of 228 Canadians.

Accompanying Trudeau at the site was Tony Banham, a local historian specialising on the 1941 defence of Hong Kong.

“I was very impressed. He is obviously a very busy man. To take time to come to the cemetery and pay his respect was admirable,” Banham said. “As we walked around, he was talking about the graves, expressing his admiration too for the people who came here to defend Hong Kong. He’s also very pleased that Hong Kong is remembering those people with of course all the efforts from the Canadian Consulate here.”

Trudeau has made Hong Kong his last stop in a week-long visit to China. He also met with Li Ka-shing, chairman of CK Hutchison, spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and met with Chief Executive CY Leung.


Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.


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