Mr. Chair, even though this year's festivities for Italian Heritage Month will be done differently, the same spirit and vitality exists throughout virtual events happening across the country. Virtual events have seen Italian Canadians, through their generosity, raise over $1 million to help Italy during COVID-19.
Today, June 2, Italian citizens celebrate the founding of the modern day Italian Republic.
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The Italian Canadian story remains one of passion, an adopted homeland filled with hard work, sacrifice and optimism.
Generations of Italian Canadians have contributed much to shaping the inclusive and generous Canada that we know today.
Our diversity is our strength, and I'm proud to be Italian Canadian.
Let's all join together in proudly celebrating Italian Heritage Month.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.