Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Ottawa, March 21, 2012 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

“March 21st marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“As Canadians join with people around the world in marking this day, we should be proud of our country’s success in fostering a welcoming and peacefully pluralistic society in which citizens of many different backgrounds live together harmoniously.

“Canadians are proud of our ancient liberties, which include a long tradition of freedom and equality of opportunity. We believe that unjust discrimination is antithetical to Canadian values and incompatible with a free society.

“That is why our Government has pledged its unwavering commitment to preventing unjust racial discrimination from becoming a deep and systemic problem in Canada.

“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, I encourage Canadians to continue our efforts to build an integrated society that treats all citizens with dignity and equality before the law.”

For further information (media only), please contact:

Ana Curic
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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