Polish Constitution Day Reception celebrates contribution of Poles in Canada

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The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the world’s second codified constitution, and the first in Europe.

By Shazia Malik

Toronto – The Polish Constitution Day Reception held recently at Queen’s Park swas a stunning event. A large number of enthusiastic Canadians of Polish decent had turned up in colourful clothes to celebrate the event.

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the world’s second codified constitution, and the first in Europe.  Inspired by the political and social thought of the European Enlightenment and the 1787 American Constitution, the authors of the Polish law recognized that a government should always put the needs of its people first.

Natalia Kusendova, MPP Mississauga Centre with Stanisław Karczewski, Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland on the 100th anniversary of Polish independence reception in Queen’s Park, on Nov 8, 2018.

MPP Natalia Kusendova talked to Weekly Voice on this occasion and outlined the significance of celebrating Polish Constitution in Canada. She said: “There are over 1,000,000 Polish Canadians and the largest concentration lives in Ontario, in the GTA and notably around Mississauga. Poles arrived in Renfrew county of Ontario in 1858 and founded settlements in that area. Polish-Canadians have always made contributions to Canada.”

MPP Kusendova is of Polish origin and celebrates her roots alongside Minister Yurek and Minister Yakabuski, who also share Polish ancestry. MPP Natalia added: “Canada is home to a vibrant immigrant community and it is important to note the contributions of the Polish community in the development of Canada alongside all the other immigrant communities’ contributions. The Polish constitution is a symbol of a government decision to put the needs of the many ahead of the few and hosting this event at a government building reminds us of our civic duty as a government to always care for our people.”

MPP Natalia informed Poland and Canada have a long-standing relationship that is “strengthened by a mutual respect for democracy and the rule of law. The Polish constitution shares many similarities with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the people of both countries have a long-understanding of the importance of protecting and nurturing democracy.”