(Photo: Ivan Grbešić, Facebook) (Photo: Ivan Grbešić, Facebook)

Grbešić posted the following message in both English and Croatian on his Facebook page on Friday:

"After further consideration and discussions among vested parties, we have been advised that the Canadian Government will be granting permission to Croatia to establish its polling stations at the Croatian Embassy in Ottawa and the Croatian Consulate General in Mississauga for the upcoming Croatian parliamentary elections to be held on July 5, 2020.

On behalf of Croatian citizens living in Canada and in my capacity as President of the Advisory Council to the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Croats Living Abroad, I would like to thank Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) who supported the change in position (and in particular MP Bob Bratina who led the charge) as well as Croatian Ambassador Vice Skračić for their roles in ensuring our ability to exercise our democratic (and constitutional) right to vote while following prescribed measures, including social distancing. Special thanks to all those whose contacted their MPs and contributed in bringing this matter before our elected representatives in Parliament and public officials at Global Affairs Canada.

I am proud that Canada and Canadians firmly stand for the protection of democratic rights and I hope that this will serve as an example of how the democratic process works. A great day for democracy - and another example of when Croats work together, we can accomplish positive results. No surrender!

Further information about the process relating to the upcoming elections will be released by Croatian diplomatic representatives in Canada over the coming days."

Source: Ivan Grbešić, Facebook