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July 5, 2016 – Venezuelan Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Venezuelan community on the occasion of Venezuelan Independence Day.

On July 5, 1811, seven of the ten provinces belonging to the Captaincy General of Venezuela adopted The Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, thus breaking away from the Spanish Crown.  The territory became known as The American Confederacy of Venezuela and marked the birth of the first independent nation in South America.  

Venezuelan Independence Day is a public holiday and is celebrated with parades and fireworks.

I have worked closely with the Canadian Venezuelan Diaspora with respect to the protection of human rights and the democratic process in Venezuela.  In 2013, I traveled to Venezuela as an Official Election Observer authorized by the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, to witness the Presidential election.

To this day Venezuela continues to face democratic challenges and human rights violations continue to outrage the rest of the democratic world

Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. Toronto’s diverse communities share and celebrate their cultures and traditions with residents in every corner of our city.

As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.