Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, celebrated June as Italian Heritage Month with a speech to the House of Commons.
“To mark Italian Heritage Month, I’m proud to tell you about Italians in Sault Ste. Marie. Over 16,000 people in the Sault trace their ancestry to Italy, and Italians own and operate countless beloved restaurants and businesses across our community.
I know that Italians in the Sault have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel deeply for the Nonnas and the Nonnos across my community who are hoping they can gather with their families again soon. I feel for the numerous Italian-owned businesses in the Sault, including the best Italian restaurants in Canada, who are suffering due to the pandemic. But I can tell you that Sault Italians are resilient. People, like Mayor Christian Provenzano, are making a difference each and every day. I also want to highlight another special Italian-Canadian from Northern Ontario – Mr. Anthony Rota, the first ever Italian speaker of the House of Commons. I know he makes Italians in the Sault and Canada proud. Grazie, e buona fortuna!”