The NCCC was once again proud to be a sponsor of the Canada Day celebrations held yesterday at the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Chairman John van Pol met with Stéphane Dion (centre), the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, and Sabine Nölke, the Canadian Ambassador, during the festivities.
The Netherlands is Canada’s fifth-largest trading partner – second largest in the European Union – and the second-largest investor in Canada. Over one million Canadians can trace their roots back to the Netherlands, and thousands of Canadians have made the Netherlands their home.
During the opening speeches, both the Minister and the Ambassador made reference to the continuing good relations between the two countries; whether it is through the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of which Ms Nölke is a permanent member, the international courts and legal institutions based in The Hague, or the growth in trade, commerce and cultural relations.
After a number of weeks of heavy rain, the weather cooperated and the outdoor BBQ was a big hit.