PM welcomes Polish Prime Minister Tusk

Ottawa, Ontario
9 April 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, will lead a delegation of government representatives on a working visit to Canada April 14 to 15.  This is the Polish Prime Minister’s first visit to Canada.

“It is an honour to welcome Prime Minister Tusk to Canada and to return the warm hospitality I received on the occasion of my visit to Poland in 2008,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “This visit clearly demonstrates the strong and enduring friendship between Canada and Poland, and I look forward to strengthening this relationship next week.”

Prime Minister Harper will meet with Prime Minister Tusk in Ottawa to discuss the growing Canada-Poland relationship, with a particular focus on trade and investment.  Discussions will also focus on international matters of common interest.

Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Tusk will also travel to Toronto to participate in the celebration of the bicentennial year of Frederic Chopin’s birth, where both the leaders will address the Polish-Canadian community.

Almost 1 million Canadians are of Polish origin.  Strong people-to-people links between the two countries are built on Canada’s thriving Polish communities, particularly in Toronto and Edmonton.