The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, M.P. for Scarborough-Agincourt conveyed a greeting message to the anniversary event for the 68th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic’s establishment in Mississauga, Ontario. His Special Assistant, Nick Mantas presented the message and reads as follow:
The Republic of Kurdistan was proclaimed on January 22, 1946 and survived for eleven months. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, which was established one year earlier, formed the first and only government of the Republic.
For the first time in modern history, the Kurdish people had attained freedom and developed a political framework to protect their national rights. In its short history, much was achieved – Kurdish children and students received free education in Kurdish; a number of newspapers and magazines were published; the Kurdish flag, an important symbol of the Kurdish nation, flew on government buildings; and, Kurdish women in urban areas of Kurdistan actively participated in politics.
As a Member of Parliament, I have worked closely with the Kurdish Diaspora in Canada on issues important to the community. In the last few years, I have traveled to Turkish Kurdistan as an election observer and to the KRG to explore business and trade opportunities for Canadian companies. I have also met with representatives of The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and discussed issues with respect to sustainability for nation building and business and trade opportunities.
Hon. Jim Karygiannis, P.C., M.P.
January 25, 2014