Christine Hogarth’s Bill recognizes Polish-Ontarians
QUEEN’S PARK: December 9, 2021 – Etobicoke-Lakeshore PC MPP Christine Hogarth tabled legislation that passed third reading on Monday 6 December and has received Royal Assent today by The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, The Lieutentant-Governor of Ontario. Polish Heritage Month in May (Act) recognizes the Polish-Ontarian community’s historic contribution to building our province and will forever allocate the month of May as Polish Heritage Month in Ontario.
Polish Heritage Month will be celebrated each May, commemorating Constitution Day in Poland – the implementation of the first democtratic and progressive constitution in Europe on May 3rd 1791. This is the one of the most important dates in Poland’s history and marks the centuries long struggle for freedom and independence by the Polish people. This applies especially to Polish-Ontarians, whose ancestors fought for liberty while resisting centuries of invasion and aggression including most recently in the last century against Nazi and Soviet occupation.”
“One reason I entered public life was to safeguard Ontario’s democratic tradition,” Hogarth said, when originally tabling An Act to Proclaim the Month of May as Polish Heritage Month. Poland has always had a democratic tradition and a desire for freedom. This history inspired me as I came to know the many accomplishments and contributions of Polish-Ontarians to the diverse cultural and economic fabric of this province. Polish Heritage Month will justly honour these contributions.”
Hogarth noted that her riding is home to several Polish Catholic churches, to Polish Cultural organization Polish National Union in Canada including the Consulate of the Republic of Poland. “I am very proud to have made this bill a reality on behalf of the Polish-Ontarian community in my riding and indeed across Ontario,” Hogarth concluded. “This May and every May afterward, all of Ontario will share in the celebration of Polish Heritage.”