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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 18 May 2019

    Members of Parliament, Canadian officials and members of diplomatic corps, First Nations representatives, Veterans, representatives of Polish organizations and diaspora in Canada took part in the celebration on May 14, 2019.

    - The May 3rd 1791 Constitution was inspired by the political and social thought of the European Enlightenment, which gave primacy to law and freedom – said ambassador Andrzej Kurnicki during May 3rd Constitution Day celebration in Ottawa. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth constitution  was an outstanding achievement guaranteeing  citizens peace and justice – the ambassador added.

    Robert Fry, GAC Director General for European Affairs, took part to the celebrations on behalf of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. In his speech he referred to the unique historical bound linking Poland and Canada that remains strong today. - We share common values, people to people ties, cultural links and business ties. The most important of this values is the shared commitment to the Euro Atlantic security - he added.

    Arif Virani, Member of Parliament, speaking about the May 3rd Constitution, stressed its importance for the foundations of constitutionalism worldwide. - Poles have made an important contribution not just to the development of Poland, but indeed of Europe and entire world – he highlighted in his speech.

    Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament and chair of the Polish-Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Group emphasized a tremendous input of Polish diaspora into Canada’s history. He read out the statement of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the occasion of the May 3rd Constitution Day. Prime Minister Trudeau described this fundamental document as an important breakthrough. He emphasized Poland’s and Canada’s shared commitment to human rights and democracy and collaboration on the international stage.

    During the ceremony ambassador Kurnicki handed over the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to doctor Gunnar Steve Paulsson awarded for outstanding achievements in original research and education about the Holocaust as well as for commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.

    Guests had also opportunity to listen to amazing concert of Polish pianist Marek Tomaszewski, who performed his own compositions based on classical works by such composers as Fryderyk Chopin, J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.

    During the evening, Polish traditional and modern cuisine was served.

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