Peter Fonseca

Your member of parliament for

Mississauga East-Cooksville

Peter Fonseca

Your member of parliament for

Mississauga East-Cooksville


Press Release: Canada–Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group Reception – 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Alexander-Edouard Kierzkowski


Canada – Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group hosts a reception on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Alexander-Edouard Kierzkowski

Immediate Release

(Ottawa) Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – On behalf of the executive officers and directors of Canada – Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group (CPPFG), Peter Fonseca, M.P. – Mississauga East-Cooksville hosted a reception, along with Anthony Rota, M.P. – Nipissing – Timiskaming,
Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Alexander-Edouard Kierzkowski.

Alexander-Edouard Kierzkowski, the Member of Parliament for Saint-Hyacinthe (1867-1870) was the first Polish-Canadian Member of the House of Commons in the first Parliament, at the birth of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. He was also a Polish patriot, a civil engineer, a military man and an advocate of a new land credit system.


The event saw a blend of Parliamentarians and dignitaries from across Canada. MP Fonseca in his welcome speech thanked the patrons and sponsors that helped put together this wonderful evening. He expressed his gratitude to the Assistant Deputy Speaker MP Rota, the Embassy of Republic of Poland in Ottawa, his fellow members at the Canada-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group (CPPFG), the Polish Combatants’ Association of Canada, and the Polish Canadian Business & Professional Association of Windsor for taking an active part in making this event a grand success.

With his constituency Mississauga East – Cooksville being home to the largest Polish – Canadian constituents in Canada, MP Fonseca announced that he is proud to be part of this celebration of our first Polish-Canadian Member of Parliament.

The following Executive Officers and Directors of CPPFG convey their greetings on the occasion:

Chair: Peter Fonseca, M.P. (Liberal), Vice Chairs: Blaine Calkins, M.P. (Conservative), Tom Kmiec, M.P. (Conservative), James Maloney, M.P. (Liberal), Arif Virani, M.P. (Liberal), Borys Wrzesnewskyj, M.P. (Liberal), Secretary: Terry Duguid, M.P. (Liberal), Treasurer: Francesco Sorbara, M.P. (Liberal), Executive Members: Bob Bratina, M.P. (Liberal), Sonia Sidhu, M.P. (Liberal), Gagan Sikand, M.P. (Liberal)


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For further information, contact: Peter Fonseca, M.P., (613) 996-0420