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Under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency MP Faisal El Khoury, the esteemed Chairman and Founder of the Parliamentary Friendship Committee, and with the unwavering support of the Lebanese Embassy, a momentous celebration marked the 79th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence. The grandeur of the occasion unfolded within the distinguished ballroom of the Canadian Parliament, symbolizing the strong bonds between nations.

The event radiated distinction with the esteemed presence of MP Al-Khoury and his dedicated team, alongside the honorable His Excellency Ambassador Fadi Ziadeh and his esteemed spouse. Also gracing the occasion were His Excellency MP Ziad Abu Latif, Her Excellency MP Lina Medlej Diab, and the entire assembly of the Friendship Committee, which included esteemed deputies, ministers, and senators. The Lebanese diaspora joined the event in unity, traveling from various Canadian cities, most notably Ottawa, Montreal, and Laval.

The celebration was infused with an unmistakable Lebanese essence, a vibrant reflection of the nation’s rich heritage. Highlighting the event, the Prime Minister of Canada extended his heartfelt congratulations, lauding the pivotal role of the Lebanese community in the progress and prosperity of Canada. Minister Pablo Rodriguez conveyed a message on behalf of the Government of Canada, setting the tone for the evening. The subsequent address by His Excellency Ambassador Fadi Ziadeh resonated with shared values and aspirations.

Representatives from each political party conveyed their distinct perspectives, contributing to a mosaic of voices that define Lebanon’s democratic landscape. Particularly poignant was the address by President MP Khoury, which resonated deeply with attendees. His eloquent words, infused with passion for the homeland, were accompanied by poetic passages that struck a chord with the Lebanese spirit.

Amidst the festivities, the culinary delights of Lebanon took center stage, generously offered by friends of the nation. The evening crescendoed with captivating folkloric dances performed by the renowned Cedar Band, captivating all in attendance.

As we commemorate this historic occasion, our hearts are united in the hope for a brighter future for Lebanon. We fervently pray that love will continue to bind its people together and that peace will grace every corner of this beloved land.

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Warm regards,

Toufic Samir Abu Assali Author and Publisher of the Lebanese-Canadian Business Directory of Lebanon, and His Worship Larry O’Brien, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, graced the occasion. The event took place at the Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, on February 12, 2009. This gathering served as a testament to the enduring partnerships forged within the Canadian Lebanese business community.