Today we commemorate Polish Constitution Day.
On May 3rd, 1791, Poland adopted Europe’s first democratic constitution. Throughout the years, the Constitution has remained an object of great pride. It is regarded as a national symbol and represents the Polish spirit of independence.
Marking Constitution Day was banned during many years of partition and under Nazi and Soviet occupation but, with the fall of communism, it was rightfully restored as an official Polish holiday.
Today, May 3rd is celebrated as a national holiday in Poland. Here in Canada, Polish Canadians reflect on the long-standing historic legacy of the fight for liberty and democracy.
Canada has benefited greatly from the many contributions of over one million Polish Canadians. I join with Polish Canadians in celebrating this holiday, and on behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating Polish Constitution Day!
Hon. Erin O’Toole, P.C., C.D., M.P.
L’hon. Erin O’Toole, C.P., C.D., député
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION / CHEF DE L’OPPOSITION OFFICIELLE