THE Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, watch her parade in Montreal, for the anniversary of the 25th of March. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauwelcomed the first Greek prime minister to be in Canada in many years.

After the completion of the parade, in which people of all ages from expatriate associations from dozens of regions of Greece took part, Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the following statement:

“It is truly a great honor and great pleasure to represent our country today, here in Montreal, in this truly impressive parade on the occasion of the anniversary of National Independence on March 25.

Here in Canada the heart of Hellenism really beats very strongly and the message of March 25th resonates alive and relevant throughout the world and here in Canada. Our struggle for national independence in difficult times is always historically relevant.

And of course, this year our presence in the diaspora has a special value, because for the first time we are realizing the decades-old vision of Greek expatriates being able to vote by mail from their permanent place of residence.

So again a big “thank you” to the Canadian Prime Minister, a big “thank you” to those who organized this truly amazing parade, which proves that Hellenism here in Canada is strong and alive.

Thank you, Justin, for giving me the opportunity to participate in this amazing parade, on this very important day. I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend Greek Independence Day than with you and my fellow Greek Canadians here in Montreal.”

“Greek Canadians are an incredibly dynamic community, they have contributed a lot to Canada, but they are also very proud of their Greek roots and it is wonderful that we are together today”he said for his part Justin Trudeau.

Earlier, the Prime Minister and his Canadian counterpart attended together the doxology for the national holiday of March 25 at the Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos.

The two leaders also had the opportunity to visit expatriate shops and chat with their owners and patrons.