Montreal, February 7, 2001: The Canada Tibet Committee today announced that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Canada in April 2002. The purpose of the visit will be to meet with Canadian parliamentarians and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, last visited Canada in 1993 when he gave a religious teaching to over 2000 Buddhists at Montreal's Palais de Congres and met with then Minister for External Relations, Barbara McDougall. He previously visited Ottawa in 1990 at the invitation of the Canadian Parliamentarians for Tibet. On that occasion he addressed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Relations and met with opposition leaders including Jean Chretien and Audrey McLaughlin. The Dalai Lama's first visit to Canada took place in 1980.
"We are thrilled to once again host His Holiness in Canada", said Thubten Samdup, President of the Canada Tibet Committee. "I hope that his visit will result in increased support from Canadian officials and parliamentarians for the cause of Tibet".
In recent years, the Dalai Lama has traveled around the world promoting the principles of non-violence and peace, as well as soliciting support for a negotiated settlement to the current conflict on the Tibetan plateau.
For background, see: http://www.tibet.ca
Mr. Thubten Samdup
, (514) 867-6770 (english)
Ms. Tenzin Yangdon
, (514) 483-4470 (french)