• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


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  • 8 November 2018

    A delegation of the Senate of Republic of Poland, veterans, Canadian officials, Members of Parliament, representatives of the Ontario Province, diplomatic corps, members of Polish diaspora and friends of Poland took part in the celebration of the National Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau on November 5, 2018.

    Ambassador A. Kurnicki, Speaker S. Karczewski, MP B. Wrzesnewskyj, Parliamentary Secretary A. Leslie (Fot. Sam Garcia)



    - As ambassador of Poland I would like to emphasize that we are grateful to Canada for playing an extraordinary role in our nation’s history. It was exactly 100 year ago when the Canadian authorities organized a training camp in Niagara-on-the-Lake for over 20 000 volunteers who wanted to fight for free Poland during the I World War - said Ambassador Andrzej Kurnicki. He recalled that during the World War II Canada stood by Polish side again, fighting shoulder to shoulder at Monte Cassino, in France, and jointly liberating Belgium and the Netherlands. - We are proud that Poland and Canada are once again allies who join forces within a NATO combat group in Latvia and our soldiers train regularly together – ambassador A. Kurnicki added.

    Stanisław Karczewski, Speaker of the Senate of Poland, was a guest of honour of the ceremony. In his speech he  emphasized the importance of this year jubilee of Poland regaining independence. - For 123 years Poland had been erased from the map of Europe and the world, but it existed in the hearts of Poles living in Poland and all over the world - said the Speaker of the Polish Senate. – We are very grateful to Canada for our shared history and for ongoing cooperation in building security - he added. He also assured that the Senate supports and will continue to give support to the Polish community in Canada. - Thank you for building bridges with Poland. The Polish community is proud of Poland and Poland is proud of the Polish community - stressed Speaker S. Karczewski.

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie was a special guest of the ceremony. - The ties binding our countries together are strong, powerful and deep - said Parliamentary Secretary A. Leslie. - Poland is one of the Canada’s largest trading partner in the Eastern Europe. We are grateful for Poland’s support in the process of negotiations and ratification of CETA agreement – he added. Parliamentary Secretary A. Leslie also emphasized in his speech an outstanding contribution of Polish diaspora to the development of Canada’s culture and heritage.

    There was a special award ceremony also held during the evening. Speaker S. Karczewski, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, decorated Mr. Sławomir Sadurski, an NSZZ "Solidarity of Farmers" activist living in Canada for 35 years, acting in the former Piotrków Province, with Cross of Freedom and Solidarity award.

    Guests gathered at the celebration had an opportunity to watch the performance of the White Eagle Folk Dance Academy from Montreal presenting Polish folk dances and listen to a concert of works by Polish composers performed by string quintet Ensemble Con Brio de Montréal.

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