Canada Day in Warsaw
August 1, 2014
On the 147th anniversary of Canada’s founding, the Canadian ambassador to Poland, Alexandra Bugailiskis, threw a reception for politicians, officials, businesspeople and expats at her Warsaw residence.
Formerly known as Dominion Day, Canada Day marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Constitution Act of 1867, joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province (now Ontario and Quebec) into a single country.
In her speech, Bugailiskis said that Canada Day was a good occasion to thank Poland for its friendship and example that has contributed to strengthening Canada’s own security, democracy and prosperity.
She added that “on the 25th anniversary of freedom in Poland, [Canada’s] Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed his admiration for the struggle and sacrifices Poles made in setting a path towards freedom for themselves and so many others in Central and Eastern Europe. Canadians, among them over a million with Polish heritage, accompanied Poland through that transition by providing assistance for the difficult but ultimately successful economic and democratic reforms.”
Bugailiskis said that Poland and Canada will work together to bring this same “democratic miracle” to Ukraine.
During a recent visit, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Polish Foreign Minister Rados≥aw Sikorski signed a Statement on Cooperation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe under which the two countries will team up to undertake joint development projects to promote economic and governance reforms through the Polish Solidarity Fund and the European Endowment for Democracy.
“Canadian companies have been present in Poland since the 1970s and have made important contributions to key sectors of the Polish economy including aviation, transportation, energy and mining, information technology and agri-food products. Energy is an area of key interest to our mutual prosperity, and Canada could play an important role as a reliable, long-term strategic energy partner for Europe and Poland.”
A Polish trade mission has recently returned from Canada where they were impressed with the diversity of Canadian energy technologies in shale gas, nuclear and new clean coal solutions.
“Prime Ministers Harper and Tusk have committed themselves to strengthening our economic partnership and to working together to promote an open trade and investment climate that will bring mutual prosperity,” said Bugailiskis.