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Greetings from the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all those attending the Thaalam Inter-University/College Dance Competition, organized by Arts and Culture Council of the Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA). On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for holding this culturally rich event.
Dance is an art form that transcends cultural boundaries and is a great medium for intercultural dialogue and understanding. The Thaalam Dance Competition is a great occasion for communities to come together to celebrate the strength of our pluralism and the intermingling of cultures within Canada.
Cultural diversity is one of Canada’s defining assets and by recognizing the contributions of each of our diverse ethnic communities within our great nation, we are able to honour the many cultures which endow Canada’s successful multicultural society. As Prime Minister Harper noted, “Canada has been immeasurably enriched by such a broad array of ethno-cultural traditions. Each community is part of the cultural diversity that is one of Canada’s greatest strengths in this globalized world.”
As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I would like to thank the CTYA and all the performers and participants for your enduring contributions to the success of our multiculturalism.
Best wishes for a successful event.
The Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
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