November 11, 2022

Ottawa ON – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Poland’s National Independence Day:


“For 123 years, Poland was crushed between foreign powers, each vying for control of Europe. On November 11, 1918, with the signing of the Armistice and the close of World War I, the power struggles that had stifled Poland’s growth finally ended – they were free once again.

“Under the iconic leadership of Józef Piłsudski, Poles began to build a country for themselves, where they could be the masters of their own destiny. The Second Polish Republic successfully established strong borders and became a cultural center of interwar Europe.

“Although throughout the 20th century Poland would continue to struggle against the enemies of freedom, the success of the Second Republic gave Poles hope that they would overcome the forces of oppression. Today, Poland remains a beacon of light for those resisting tyranny, frequently offering hope and refuge to those forced to flee violence and brutality.

“Canada is blessed to be the home of over a million people of Polish descent, who bring the beauty and richness of Polish culture to their communities every day. As Poles and Polish-Canadians observe this special occasion, we celebrate the victories that paved the way for Poland to become the successful, democratic country that it is today.

“Happy National Independence Day.”