16 March 2007
For Immediate Release

KLEES: All Canadians are Irish on
St Patrick’s Day!

(QUEEN’S PARK) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees today said that St Patrick’s Day is a time to gratefully acknowledge the many historic and ongoing contributions to Ontario of the Irish people.

“Irish Celtic missionaries travelled in their ‘birinn’ boats to the eastern coast of Canada years before John Cabot landed here in 1497,” Klees said. “The Irish were especially instrumental in developing and settling York Region where, for example, the hamlet of Holly Park and other place names are of Irish origin.

“In 1793, Irish Loyalists travelled north to join an already vibrant Irish community in Upper and Lower Canada,” Klees said. “They joined with Ontario’s German and Scottish settlers to lay the foundations of the social, political and cultural institutions of modern Ontario.”

“On March 17th, we are all truly Irish,” Klees said. “St Patrick’s Day parades are not only held in Toronto and New York City, but also in New Orleans and even in Tokyo!”

“On behalf of Ontario PC Leader John Tory and the entire Ontario PC Caucus, I take this opportunity to raise a toast to our Irish Canadian community on St Patrick’s Day with this blessing: ‘May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back, and until we meet again, may the good Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand!’”

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For further information:

Frank Klees, MPP

Oak Ridges

PC Education and Citizenship & Immigration Critic

416-325-7316

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