“Almost a century has passed since the people of Estonia established a sovereign and independent state.
“The path has not been an easy one as Estonians lived for many decades under Soviet rule. I am proud that Canadians were welcoming to Estonians fleeing the horror of communism. They came to Canada seeking freedom and a better life. It is why Toronto is home to the largest community of Estonians in the world, outside of Estonia.
“The people-to-people ties continue to be vibrant, including the partnerships with Ontario’s cities and universities.
“Thank you to Canadians of Estonian heritage who continue to make positive contributions to our province.