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February 23, 2017 – Guyanese Republic Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wish to members of the Canadian Guyanese community on the occasion of Guyanese Republic Day.

Republic Day is celebrated on February 23rd marking that day in 1970 when the Burnham government proclaimed Guyana, The Co-operative Republic of Guyana.  The proclamation also severed Guyana’s last significant constitutional tie to Britain.  However, to this day, Guyana remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 

February 15, 2017 – Serbian National Day

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

 Serbian National Day is observed on February 15th and marks the anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and the adoption of the first Serbian Constitution in 1835.

January 30, 2017 – Massacre at Grand Mosque in Ste-Foy Quebec

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones and those that were injured in the Quebec City Massacre during evening prayers at the Grand Mosque in Ste-Foy on Sunday, January 29, 2017. I pray that those who have been injured quickly recover and that all who are suffering have the strength they will need in the weeks and months to come.