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October 28, 2018 – Oxi Day

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

On October 28, 1940, at dawn, the Italian ambassador in Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, presented Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas an ultimatum.  Benito Mussolini had demanded that the Axis Forces be allowed to enter Greece and occupy certain unspecified strategic locations otherwise, he would declare war.  The Prime Minister answered with a single phrase, ‘Οχι or No’.

October 13, 2018 – 48th Anniversary of Canada China Diplomatic Relations – 中加建交48周年 – 中加建交48周年

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Chinese community on the 48th Anniversary of Canada-China Diplomatic Relations.

Throughout his life, the late Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, held a strong and passionate interest in China.

October 7, 2018 – Thanksgiving Day

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

The tradition of ‘giving thanks’ can be traced back to the earliest days of our history.  Canadian Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the First Nations who gave thanks for their bountiful crops with ceremonies and harvest festivals.  In 1578, after his third unsuccessful expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, explorer Martin Frobisher returned to what is now Newfoundland and Labrador.  Upon his arrival, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long, arduous journey.

October 1, 2018 – Cyprus Independence Day

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

On February 19, 1959, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Cyprus were signatories to The Zurich and London Agreement, which formed the basis of the Cypriot Constitution.  Following the signing of the accord, Cypriot President, Archbishop Makarios III said “Έλληνες Κύπριοι, νενικήκαμεν!” (“Greek Cypriots, we have won!”).

October 1, 2018 – Nigerian Independence Day

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

Following World War II, a movement towards Nigerian nationalism grew and there were increasing demands for independence.  The British Government responded by legislating successive constitutions that resulted in Nigeria moving closer to self-government.