June 25, 2007
For Immediate Release

KLEES: Anniversary of Canada's Discovery
Recalls Our Multicultural Roots

(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees, the PC Education and Citizenship & Immigration Critic, today made the following statement:

"On June 24th, 1497, the explorer John Cabot discovered Canada and claimed it for the English Crown, beginning the great adventure that is the story of Canada.

"Significantly, Canada's discoverer was an Italian whom the English referred to by his Italian name, 'Giovanni Caboto.'"

"It was Caboto who laid the foundations of what was to become Canada's contemporary multicultural society. With Caboto, Italian culture continued to have many important influences on Ontario's historic and ongoing development, from the Italian missionary Guiseppe Bressani in Huronia to the traditions of Roman law in our province's courts and legislature that were established on the legacy of 'Britannia Romana.'

"On behalf of the Ontario PC Leader, John Tory, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the great, ongoing contributions to our society by our vibrant Italian Canadian Community, especially in Toronto and the GTA on 'Giovanni Caboto Day' 2007, the 510th anniversary of the discovery of Canada!"

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