Vangelis Meimarakis, President of the Hellenic Parliament completed his official visit to Canada with his visit to the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal where he held meetings with state officials of Canada’s federal government, as well as with the provincial governments of Quebec and Ontario.
In his speech at the Greek Community open meeting, Meimarakis invited Greek-Canadians to invest in Greece while bringing the optimistic message that, “Soon enough we will leave the crisis behind and we will turn it into a chance of rebuilding a new, competitive and extrovert economy.”
The President of the Greek Parliament also noted that the climate has changed in favor of Greece and that a number of investment movements give a vote of confidence to Greece.
Meimarakis praised the role of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal as well as the daily primary schools Socrates Primary School and Demosthène School, as they offer a trilingual program (French, Greek, English) to children in kindergarten and elementary school that have a successful presence in the Canadian society and the society of Quebec.
Meimarakis underlined that Greece, despite the crisis, supports Greek speaking education in Montreal having sent a sufficient number of teachers from the Ministry of Education.
The Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament was welcomed with enthusiasm by Greek-Canadians of Montreal at the Greek Community Center. The Greek Ambassador to Canada, Eleftherios Aggelopoulos, was present, as well as the Greek Consul General in Montreal, Thanos Kafopoulos, the president of the Community Nikos Pagonis and many more members of the Greek-Canadian community of Montreal.