Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013 PRIME MINISTER OF ICELAND TO VISIT MANITOBA AUG. 1 TO 5 Premier Greg Selinger will welcome to Manitoba tomorrow the newly elected prime minister of Iceland Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, accompanied by his wife Anna Palsdottir,who will take part in events including the Icelandic Festival celebrations in Gimli this weekend. “Manitoba’s historic and cultural ties to Iceland are significant, treasured and unique,” said Selinger. “With the largest Icelandic population outside of Iceland, we are always delighted to welcome officials from Iceland who in many respects are visiting their home away from home.” While in Manitoba, the prime minister will visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, tour the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the 100 Masters exhibit, as well as take part in a special commemorative wreath-laying service at Brookside Cemetery to honour Icelandic-Canadians who served Canada in wars and peacekeeping missions. Also visiting Manitoba as part of the prime minister’s visit to Manitoba will be Iceland’s ambassador to Canada Thordur Oskarsson and Canada’s ambassador to Iceland Stewart Wheeler. -30-

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