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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Former Montreal Canadiens Georges Laraque to MC Dalai Lama Public Talk

September 02, 2011

On the 51st anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) is pleased to announce that former Montreal Canadien Georges Laraque will host the Public Talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday, 7 September at Montreal's Uniprix Stadium.

His Holiness will speak on ‘Global Citizenship through Universal Responsibility,’ a theme chosen to honour last year's decision by the Canadian government to welcome 1,000 displaced-Tibetans living in Arunachal Pradesh, India to Canada over the next five years.

Laraque is the perfect fit to introduce His Holiness. As a model global citizen he's already a testament to universal responsibility. Laraque is leading the effort to rebuild Port-au-Prince's Grace Children's hospital, is a leading advocate for animal rights and, in 2003, was the spokesperson for the Edmonton Capital Health District's Shaken Baby Syndrome campaign.

Tickets for the Public Talk start at $30 ($15 for students and seniors) and may be purchased at or at 1.800.361.4595. Simultaneous interpretation into French will be available.

Public Talk Information:

Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Time: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. / Talk begins at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Uniprix Stadium, Jarry Park, 285 Faillon St. West, Montréal 

Tickets: Admission, / 1.800.361.4595

Proceeds from the Talk will be donated to Project Tibet Society, which is overseeing the implementation of the immigration program to help resettle Tibetans living in Arunachal Pradesh to Canada.

For additional information on the Talk and news updates as they develop visit:

George Laraque is a retired hockey player and is now a philanthropist and businessman protecting the rights of animals, the environment and humans alike. He has played for the Edmonton Oilers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. Laraque founded the Crudessence chain of restaurants dedicated to bringing refined organic vegan cuisine to Montrealers.

Tibetan Democracy Day marks the date that the Dalai Lama declared democracy for Tibetans in 1960 and promulgated a constitution for a future Tibet, based on the principles of modern democracy.

The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent, non-governmental organization of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, concerned with the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.

To facilitate security at the Talk, the Canada Tibet Committee asks that attendees refrain from bringing shopping bags or knapsacks.

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For more information:

Dermod Travis

CTC Executive Director

514.487.0665 / /

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