Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing the Republic Day of India

Ottawa, January 26, 2013 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the celebration of India’s Republic Day:

On January 26, 1950, the world’s largest democracy became a fully independent republic. The Constitution of India was enacted 63 years ago today. This was not only a defining moment in Indian history, but also an important milestone in the progress of democracy throughout the world.

Republic Day is an annual occasion of widespread celebration for the people of India.  Citizens across the country come together for a day of parades and festivities that pay tribute to India’s great democracy.

“I was fortunate to spend several days in India earlier this month. During my visit, I had the opportunity to meet with Indian citizens of many backgrounds, and to once again bear witness to the vibrancy and vigour of Indian society.

India remains one of the top source countries for newcomers to our country. The million-plus Indo-Canadian community has played a central role in shaping Canada’s pluralistic society and will continue to make important contributions to building a stronger Canada.

As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I am happy to join in the celebrations for India’s Republic Day. I send my best greetings to all who are celebrating the day in India and here in Canada.

Details of the Minister’s recent trip to India are available on CIC’s website.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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