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Citizenship and Immigration Canada

November 10, 2011 15:35 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing Polish Independence Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing tomorrow's celebration of Polish Independence Day:

"Tomorrow, as Canadians reflect on the sacrifices of those who served – and continue to serve – our country in times of war and peace, Polish Canadians will also commemorate Polish Independence Day.

"This national holiday in Poland commemorates the restoration of independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia. At the end of the First World War, Poland regained its rightful sovereignty and re-established itself as an important European democracy.

"For all Canadians, Polish Independence Day provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Polish history, culture and traditions. In addition to our own proud military history, I encourage Canadians to learn more about the risks and sacrifices borne by our Polish allies – in particular the Home Army – in the fight for freedom

"This hard-won independence served to rally the Polish people as they struggled against Nazi and Soviet tyranny throughout the Second World War, and then against Communist rule until the full restoration of independence in 1989.

"For people of Polish descent, tomorrow is an important celebration of their heritage and their long standing commitment to democratic values. Polish Independence Day also provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions the Polish community has made to our country's rich and diverse heritage.

"Polish Canadians have helped to build our country ever since the first settlement was established in Renfrew County, Ontario, more than 150 years ago. Today, almost one million people of Polish heritage continue to enrich our country with their skills, knowledge, and talents.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes for a happy Polish Independence Day to all Canadians of Polish descent."

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