“Tonight, people in Alberta, Scotland, and around the world will celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns with a traditional Burns supper.

“Scotland’s national bard has made an indelible mark on Scottish culture and identity, and the English language on the whole. If you have ever sung Auld Lang Syne, quoted ‘my love is like a red, red rose,’ or referenced the ‘best laid schemes of mice and men,’ then you’re more familiar with his words than you might think.

“Alberta’s Scottish heritage has long been a part of our story, from our first premier to our provincial tartan, and it will continue to be an important part of our culture.

“This year, we will not be able to come together for a communal feast; but for all those celebrating at home tonight, we join you in raising a glass tae the bard.”