Jun 11, 2009

Mawlana Hazar Imam to become an honorary citizen of Canada

10 June 2009 — In the House of Commons yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that Canada will grant honorary citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam.

“He is truly a beacon of humanitarianism; of pluralism and of tolerance throughout the entire world,” said the Prime Minister, calling him “a great partner and long-time friend of Canada, and a great benefactor to humanity.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam will be only the fifth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. He will join a select group of individuals that includes Swedish diplomat and Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, former President of South Africa and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and pro-democracy icon and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

At the time of the announcement, Mawlana Hazar Imam was in Edmonton to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta. Hazar Imam and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach also presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Alberta and the Aga Khan University, building on a long record of cooperation between the two institutions.

Source: http://www.theismaili.org/cms/732

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