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  • 1 July 2017

    “The maple leaf: that iconic symbol of Canada, has always been close to Polish hearts. It represents hospitality, respect and hope - the most precious Canadian values that are also shared in Poland,” said the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, while marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

    In his speech delivered on July 1st, President Andrzej Duda focused on the past, present and future of Polish-Canadian relationships: “It’s an important year that marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties” – he said.  “Our bilateral relations continue to flourish, both economically and politically (…), as we share views on a wide range of foreign policy issues” – he continued. Poland and Canada cooperate closely in Eastern Europe and in maintaining global security, which as Mr. Duda said, “have always been the cornerstone of Polish–Canadian dialogue”.

     

    Speaking about the present and the future, the President said that investment and trade relations are also important factors: “Poland is Canada’s largest trade partner in Central and Eastern Europe, and we hope that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will create additional opportunities to boost our economic relations”.

     

    Andrzej Duda also recalled the fact that Canada is home to a vibrant community of more than 1 million Polish – Canadians. “Let me express my gratitude to them for being the best ambassadors of a successful Polish – Canadian cooperation”. Concluding with warm wishes, he said: “I would like to once again wish Canada a happy and joyful 150th Birthday. Bonne anniversaire”.

     

    This year Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. In 1867 the Dominion of Canada was founded when four provinces Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario united in Confederation. Since then, Confederation has expanded to the Pacific and Arctic oceans to include ten provinces and three territories. Today Canada is home to over 35 million people. It’s also a vibrant country, inhabited by over 1 million of Polish – Canadians. They are working in many areas of business, politics, art and education, constantly promoting polish culture and traditions.  This year, the majority of Polish Festivals and events are dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Canada, celebrating a long history and friendship between our  countries.

     

    Full version of the Address you can find at:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE7BNQIyOWg&feature=youtu.be

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