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STATEMENT ON IMPORTANT MILESTONES FOR BULGARIA

Honourable senators,

I rise today as the founding co-chair of the Canada-Bulgaria Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group, which is set to hold our Fourth Annual General Meeting this evening at 5 p.m. in Room 256-S. I hope my honourable colleagues may consider becoming a member of the group and, after we rise, join the reception to meet the Bulgarian community and enjoy wonderful Bulgarian entertainment, food and wine.

There is much to celebrate. May 24, today, is Bulgaria’s national holiday, ‘‘Day of the Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Alphabet.’’ This national day recognizes the work of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the two missionaries who are credited with founding the Slavonic alphabet in the 9th century.

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