Minister Kenney issues statement congratulating OMNI Television on Canada's first-ever Mandarin-language NBA Broadcast

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Ottawa, March 20, 2012 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement congratulating OMNI Television on Canada’s first-ever broadcast of an NBA game in the Mandarin language:

This coming Friday, NBA sensation Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks return to Toronto for the second time this year to play the Raptors in a sold-out venue. The last time these teams met in Toronto, ‘Linsanity’ swept the Air Canada Centre, blurring fan distinctions as the stadium collectively erupted in celebration of Lin’s game-winning shot.

The initiative by Canadian multilingual broadcaster OMNI Television to broadcast Friday’s game in the Mandarin language is a very creative idea. I am pleased that Chinese and Taiwanese Canadians, young and old alike, will have the opportunity to watch this sport in Mandarin. I applaud the efforts made by OMNI to deliver content tailored to a diverse customer base.

The excitement Jeremy Lin brings to the game of basketball has been especially well-received by members of the Chinese and Taiwanese communities in Canada. I have no doubt they will appreciate a live repeat performance, this time in Mandarin.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Ana Curic
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) strengthens Canada’s economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.

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