Canada cares about Pakistan’s prosperity, progress, says envoy

Canada cares about the prosperity of Pakistan and its people as the Canadian government is interested in the well-being of nations with a sizable population that have immigrated to Canada. Pakistan is one of the leading source countries of immigrants to Canada.
This was said by the Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Mr Perry J. Calderwood, at a reception hosted by him and the Honorary Consul of Canada in Karachi Mr Byram Avari, to celebrate the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s confederation
He said Canada is a peaceful, pluralistic society with strong democratic values and the country is characterized by its diversity and inclusiveness, and diversity is Canada’s strength as it promotes multi-culturalism.
Canada welcomes some 300,000 immigrants every year which is nearly one per cent of its population. Pakistan is one of the leading source countries of immigrants to Canada. Canadians continue the longstanding tradition of welcoming refugees. In 2016, Canada received nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees, many of whom were sponsored by local community groups. A similar number is being welcomed this year.
Canada’s commitment to inclusiveness is reflected in its political leadership. For the first time in history, Canada’s federal cabinet, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is characterized by gender parity with women occupying half of the ministerial portfolios. The cabinet includes several ministers who were born outside of Canada, such as the Minister of Immigration, who came to Canada as who came to Canada as a refugee from Somalia.
Mr Calderwood said Canada is proud that all Canadians are equal, and can aspire to occupy the highest offices in the land, whether they became citizens last week, or their ancestors arrived in Canada centuries ago. This means that the rights of all citizens – regardless of race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities, are respected – and that everyone has a contribution to make.
He added that history has taught Canadians that inclusiveness and respect for diversity provide the best foundation for a prosperous, secure and well-governed country.—NNI

Share this post

PinIt
    scroll to top