Minister Cannon Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Polish Trade Union Solidarity

(No. 278 - August 31, 2010 - 5:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Solidarity trade union in Poland:

“Thirty years ago, Polish men and women made an enormous contribution to Europe and the world as we know it today. The democratic revolution that resulted from Solidarity’s relentless defiance of tyranny soon crossed Polish borders into other parts of Europe, helping put in motion the forces of change that would eventually lead to the toppling of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

“Today, Poland and Canada stand together as allies, as NATO members and as partners seeking to promote peace, security and prosperity around the world. Our close ties are the result of our shared democratic values and of the vibrant and prosperous community of nearly one million Canadians of Polish origin. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Gdansk two years ago and my own visit to Poland earlier this year for the Community of Democracies anniversary are further testament to our ever-growing partnership.

“And so, on the 30th anniversary of this crucial moment in history, I stand together with all Canadians in honouring the workers of the Gdansk shipyards, commemorating their strength and spirit, which continue to inspire all those around the globe who embrace our common values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

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