CANADIAN PM ATTENDS GOCE NIGHT
Traditional gathering "Goce Night", which included marking of the 50th anniversary from establishment of emigrant organization in Canada "United Macedonians", was held late Sunday in church "St. Kliment Ohridski" in Toronto.
Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Ottawa Federal Parliament deputies, as well as a delegation from Macedonia comprised of MPs Vladimir Gjorcev and Aleksandar Nikolovski attended the gathering.
"United Macedonians" president Dragi Stojkovski referred to the jubilee significance. PM Harper, Minister Kenney, MPS Gjorcev and Nikolovski, as well as Macedonia's Consul to Toronto, Martin Trenevski also delivered addresses.
"United Macedonians" president Stojkovski stressed that the organization has always affirmed the Macedonian nation and its values, whereas Macedonia's neighbors should learn a lesson from Canada and its policy of multiculturalism.
He thanked PM Harper and the Canadian Government for the recognition of Macedonia's constitutional name in 2007, as well as the support regarding the Euro-Atlantic integration process. Stojkovski emphasized that Canada could assist Macedonia through investments, adding the necessity for opening an embassy in Skopje.
Stojkovski also read the greeting note of PM Nikola Gruevski to his Canadian counterpart Steven Harper, in which he expressed gratitude for Canada's overall support to Macedonia in the field of the European and Euro-Atlantic integrations.
"For a small country like ours, this support and friendship is of a great importance for us and we attach a special attention and priority to it. Canada is a country with which we had an excellent cooperation in the past period in many fields and good mutual relations, and I hope that in the forthcoming period we will have an opportunity with Prime Minister Harper to exchange opinions towards further intensification and deepening of the relations and cooperation between our two countries", reads the note.
Canadian PM Harper, who saluted the present in Macedonian language, expressed satisfaction from bilateral relations.
MP Vladimir Gjorcev referred to the Government's efforts for stabilization of the country's economy and reduction of the unemployment rate, Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, as well as strengthening of ties with the diaspora and its right to vote at future elections.