For the benefit of those keeping-up with the latest on this site and to wish all Canadians and aspiring Canadians te best as we celebrate Canadian Multi-culturalism Day. The following is Mr. Dion's release:
Release Date: June 27, 2008
For Release: Immediate
Statement by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition, on Canadian Multiculturalism Day
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our parliamentary Caucus, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all Canadians on Multiculturalism Day.
People have come to Canada from all over the world bringing with them histories, cultures, and languages that enrich the fabric of our country. This joyous occasion is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the richness of Canada’s multicultural spirit as well as the tremendous contributions that Canada’s varied ethnic and cultural communities have made to our great country.
Since 1971, when Canada became the first country to adopt an official policy of multiculturalism under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, we Canadians have demonstrated the value of diversity. And today, as our country faces up to the great challenges of the 21st century – an increasingly competitive global economy, climate change, and child poverty – it is more important than ever that we tap into the diverse talents and skills of our population.
Together we can ensure Canada remains an open, peaceful, and caring society while at the same time making it richer, fairer, and greener.
To all Canadians from coast to coast to coast celebrating this special day, please accept my best wishes.
Press Office Office of the Leader of the Opposition
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