Statement on Armenian Independence Day
21 September 2012
Twenty-one years ago, Armenians went to the ballot boxes to decide whether to establish their own republic. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence and freedom, giving their families and future generations the hope and possibility of a better life.
With its ancient history and culture – among other things, the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its religion – Armenia today is proudly free of the remnants of the former Soviet Empire. Now, from the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Armenia is pursuing its destiny among the community of nations as a multi-party, democratic country.
Over the last two decades, the international community has seen Armenia make huge strides towards prosperity, thanks to the efforts of its citizens.
Here in Ontario, we have a strong and growing community of Armenian-Canadians, and I know your hearts swell with pride when you look at the achievements of your families, friends and loved ones back home.
I would like to thank you for your own countless economic and cultural contributions to Ontario, and for strengthening the ties between Armenia and Canada.
I wish you the best as you celebrate Armenia’s Independence Day.
Tim Hudak, MPP
Ontario PC Leader