Romanian Consulate General has been established in Vancouver, Canada
The last day of the official visit to Canada by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 26 March, was marked by the establishment of the third Consulate General of Romania in the Canadian territory, MAE informs..
The event was attended by many members of the Romanian community in Vancouver, Alberta and Saskatchewan, by the Romanian Ambassador to Canada, Elena Stefoi, and Romania’s Consul General to Vancouver, Lucian Rosenfeld. Invited by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend the event were Deputy Mircea Lubanovici (Democratic Liberal Party) and Senator Raymond Luca (National Liberal Party), elected to the Parliament of Romania by the Romanian constituencies in America.
“In spite of the economic crisis, which fortunately we have already left behind, we are able to fulfill a promise we made to the Romanian community on the West Coast of Canada as far back as 2006, so we are now officially establishing the Consulate General of Romania in Vancouver,” stated Minister Baconschi.
The head of the Romanian diplomacy met, on the same day, with members of the Romanian community on the West Coast of Canada, who were unanimous in defining the establishment of the Consulate General in Vancouver as a “historic moment.”
“What brings us together is the same cultural, linguistic and religious horizon; hence the shared quest for the common good of our nation. While you are living in the diaspora, you are Romanians – and distance from the country often makes you more patriotic than your fellow citizens in Romania,” Minister Baconschi told the audience.
“For the first time in history, Romania is irreversibly part of the transatlantic alliance of the free world. We need to regain our self-esteem and to rebuild a community disfigured by communism, poisoned by lies and abandoned by some of its worthiest sons. The efforts to modernize the State the current government is making go toward the revival of a supple and functional Romania, where your children will maybe return some day,” Teodor Baconschi concluded.