Czech-Slovak organisation protests planned shut-down of Montreal-based consulate


A branch of the Czech and Slovak Association of Canada, together with other expatriate organisations, has sent an open letter and petition to the Czech government, protesting the planned shutdown of the Czech consulate in Montreal. The long-serving consulate is due to be closed on March 31 as a result of budget cuts. The Canadian organisation argued that the move will hurt the Czech Republic’s reputation, dampen tourism and hurt future business ties. Other Czech diplomatic missions are set to close in Angola and Brazil but similar moves in Zimbabwe, Columbia, and Australia, are currently under review.