MARCH 25, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Greek Independence Day:
“Today, Greek communities across Canada and around the world celebrate Greek Independence Day – a commemoration of the start of the 1821 War of Greek Independence.
“On this day, Greeks remember their centuries-long struggle for freedom from the Ottoman Empire and reflect on the courageous fight for an independent state. This day also coincides with one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.
“The rich traditions and values of ancient Greece contributed to the formation of the world’s first democracies and helped shape the free, just, and peaceful societies that much of our world enjoys today.
“Canadians of Greek descent have contributed significantly to all aspects of Canadian society and have played a fundamental role in shaping our country’s rich and vibrant culture.
“We remember especially today the extraordinary Greek individuals who have served our country, including the first Greek-Canadian Member of Parliament Constantine George Mitges, the first Greek-Canadian Senate Speaker, Leo Housakos, and the first Greek-Canadian Supreme Court Justice, Andromache Karakatsanis.
“Canada and Greece share many fundamental values, including those of freedom, the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. Canada’s Conservatives are committed to upholding this important friendship and are grateful for the close bond between our two countries.
“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I extend my best wishes to all Greek-Canadians celebrating national Greek Independence Day.
“Ζήτω η Ελλάς! Ζήτω ο Καναδάς! Ζήτω η Ελευθερία!” (Long live Greece, long live Canada, long live freedom!)
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