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Honourable Senators, I have the distinct honour to rise today as Co-Chair of the Canada-Bulgaria Parliamentary Friendship Group to mark the 139th anniversary of Bulgaria’s Liberation Day on Friday, March 3rd

This national day celebrates the signing of the Peace Treaty of San Stefano between Russia and the Ottoman Empire which provided for an autonomous Bulgarian state. It is a day for Bulgarians around the world to pause and pay tribute to the brave men and women who stood together and gave their lives in the hopes of a liberated Bulgaria from almost 500 years of Ottoman rule.

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