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KANADA-ONTARIO (HAMILTON) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at a community gathering of over 800 Croatian-Canadians at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre

Foto: Ivan Grbešić

Foto: Ivan Grbešić

This visit is important and a recognition for our community in Canada.

Autor: Ivan Grbešić

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at a community gathering of over 800 Croatian-Canadians at the Croatian Sports and Community Centre (GMR) in Hamilton last night. The Prime Minister and the President delivered addresses to the packed house, introduced by none other than Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina (currently the only sitting MP of Croatian heritage). Among the notable guests were Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, a long-time friend of the community MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, and Canadian boxing legend, George Chuvalo.


The President welcomed the occasion to present a number of recognition's to community organizations for their contributions in protecting and strengthening the ties between Croats in Croatia and those abroad.

Thanks to Prime Minister Trudeau and MP Bob Bratina for hosting the event and to the members and volunteers at GMR for pulling the event together. It was a great opportunity for the President to visit the community centre that was built by the next generation of Croatian-Canadians with the support of the more senior members of the community.


And thanks once again to Governor General Julie Payette, Prime Minister Trudeau and the PMO, Foreign Affairs, and all those, including among others, Canadian Ambassador Daniel Maksymiuk and Mayor Vrbanović, who made this invitation and State visit possible from a Canadian perspective. This visit is important and a recognition for our community in Canada.

It was a night and a State visit that will be fondly remembered by members of the Croatian-Canadian community. This was the final event in Ontario before the State visit moves westward to Calgary, Alberta.

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