For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2010
Queen’s Park – On behalf of Haldimand-Norfolk, MPP Toby Barrett is expressing condolences recognizing the tragic plane crash that took the lives of 97 people including Polish President Kaczynski and much of Poland’s political and military elite.
“My thoughts are with the family of President Kaczynski, the people of Poland, and the families of Polish heritage here in Haldimand-Norfolk and around the world.” Barrett noted. “Lech Kaczynski’s legacy as a leader in the Solidarity movement that helped topple communist tyranny and return democracy to Poland will not be forgotten.”
April 15th is a national day of mourning across Canada.
Poland’s president Lech Kaczynski, his wife and several senior Polish political and military leaders were among the 97 victims of the crash in western Russia. The presidential plane came down in heavy fog as it was travelling to events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre, where thousands of Polish officers died at the hands of Soviet secret police.
“President Kaczynski will be missed by all who shared his belief in the power of freedom, democracy and human rights,” Barrett concluded.
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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629