Hungarian Heritage Month Act Passes First Reading

Published on November 17, 2021

Bill 50, a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, would proclaim the month of October as Hungarian Heritage Month

MISSISSAUGA – Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, introduced a Private Member’s Bill today which, if passed, would proclaim the month of October in each year as Hungarian Heritage Month in Ontario.

"For over a century, Hungarian Canadians have made invaluable contributions to every sphere of life in Ontario," said Cuzzetto. "With this proclamation, the Province recognizes these contributions, and their important role in the economy, culture, politics, and identity of Ontario."

Today Canada is home to over 350,000 people of Hungarian and Magyar descent, as well as Hungarian-speaking immigrants from other areas of Europe, including Transylvania. Nearly half live in Ontario, where they have made remarkable contributions to fields as diverse as accounting, cinematography, finance, government, music and statistical analysis.

The preamble of Bill 50, the Hungarian Heritage Month Act, highlights the local contributions of Hungarian Canadians in Mississauga, including Paul Szabo, honoured as the “Hardest Working” Member of Parliament, and award-winning Mississauga Canoe Club coach Tamás Buday, a retired Olympic sprint canoer.

"This proclamation will also recognize the importance of the acceptance of Hungarian refugees in 1956 as a turning point in the history of Canada, and Ontario," said Cuzzetto, "which has helped to shape our open and welcoming views toward new immigrants and refugees, and our respect for diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism."

Bill 50 will now proceed to second reading, currently scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, discussing the Hungarian Heritage Month Act with Hungarian Consul General Valér Palkovits

 

Quick Facts

  • Hungarian immigrants began to arrive in Ontario in the early 20th century to work in Ontario’s steel industry, and to help build the Welland Canal. The Hungarian Self Culture Society of Welland celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
  • Other Hungarians escaped to Canada following the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1944, including businessman and philanthropist Peter Munk.
  • Canada welcomed over 37,000 Hungarians following the Hungarian Uprising on October 23, 1956. They escaped communist tyranny, found refuge in Canada, and made important contributions across Ontario.
  • Thirty-three years later, Hungarians celebrated the collapse of the oppressive communist regime, as Hungary became a democratic parliamentary republic on October 23, 1989.

 

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Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228