Consul General Nina Maria Fite hosted her first Independence Day reception in Montreal, during which a diverse crowd of Montrealers from the local political, business, cultural and academic community joined us to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Speakers included Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness. Both highlighted the importance, uniqueness and strength of the relationship between Montreal, Quebec and the United States. Mayor Coderre noted that American companies in Montreal employ more than 60,000 people, while Minister Weil quoted John F. Kennedy in his address to Canadian Parliament in 1961: “Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies.” In her remarks, Consul General Fite highlighted the wonderful diversity of ties between the United States and Canada, from sports to law enforcement, before raising a toast to the guests and thanking them for coming and for being wonderful friends, neighbors and partners.