Flow­ers of friend­ship

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME PROFILE - writ­ten by mary tag­gart pho­tog­ra­phy by mark holleron

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theme of old friends and re­li­able part­ners formed the heart of a story shared re­cently by the Nether­lands Am­bas­sador Wim Geerts with mem­bers of the Cana­dian Club of Ot­tawa. To kick off the cel­e­bra­tion of 65 years of friend­ship be­tween Canada and the Nether­lands, the Am­bas­sador spoke about a bond that dates back to 1945 when Canada aided in the lib­er­a­tion of the Nether­lands.

Ev­ery year, the cap­i­tal has a sym­bolic re­minder of its spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the Nether­lands with the spring­time bloom­ing of beau­ti­ful tulips. In the fall of 1945, Princess Ju­liana of the Nether­lands pre­sented Ot­tawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the safe haven that the city pro­vided to mem­bers of the Dutch Royal Fam­ily dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. When Princess Mar­griet was born at the Ot­tawa Civic Hos­pi­tal, her hos­pi­tal room was de­clared “Dutch soil” and the flag of the Nether­lands flew on Par­lia­ment’s Peace Tower.

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