For Immediate Release
January 25th, 2017
Mayor Crombie Marks Annual Rabbie Burns Night 2017
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we join with all residents who will come together to celebrate Rabbie Burns Night.
“People from communities around the world know the timeless poems, folk lyrics and other classic literary pieces, of Robbie Burns. His life’s work endures.
“For Canadians, Robbie Burns Night is an opportunity to remember, reflect on and embrace the timeless contributions that Scottish-Canadians have made as nation builders.
“This month we recognize Sir. John A. Macdonald Day, which is all the more meaningful as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.
“Born in Glasgow, Macdonald was our country’s first prime minister and a nation-builder who laid the cornerstone of Confederation.
“When the people of Canada decided they had enough of Prime Minister Macdonald, they heeded the advice of Robbie Burns who once said: There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
“So when Canadians opted for change, they didn’t stray too far, and went with a sure thing. They turned to another Scotsman – Alexander Mackenzie of Logierait – to lead our country.
“In Mississauga we cherish Canada’s rich history with Scotland. The Irish Club of Mississauga holds the always popular Burns Night Dinner each year.
“Our City is home to St. Margaret of Scotland Elementary School. The name of this relatively young school – pays tribute to the historic life of Margaret, Queen of Scots. Margaret’s birth dates back to the year 1045 and her shrine still stands at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife.
“On Rabbie Burns Night we have a lot to look back on, take pride in and celebrate. Let us all raise our glasses and toast Mississauga’s rich Scottish heritage, let us also toast the immortal memory of Robbie Burns.
“Robbie Burns was truly one-of-a-kind. And although he has long since departed this world, his life and works have stood the test of time – they have enriched us all.
“From the entire Crombie Clan, here’s to Robbie Burns!”