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Canada's Secretary of State for Multiculturalism Commemorated Dalai Lama's 18th Anniversary Nobel Peace Prize Award

December 11, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007
By Ben Tsui

Calgary, December 8 - It was an euphoric evening of pride and honor for
many Tibetans in Calgary, as elected Member of Parliament and long time
supporter Jason Kenney (Canada's Secretary of State for Multiculturalism
and Canadian Identity) joined the festive celebrations hosted by the
Tibetan Community of Alberta (TCA) on Saturday night, to commenorate
Dalai Lama's 18th anniverary Nobel Peace Prize award. Mr. Kenney was the
minister instrumental in persuading the Canadian Parliament, including
the opposition parties, to grant His Holiness an honourary Candian
Citizenship in September, 2006.
Throughout Canada's entire history, only two other persons were
implimented with this coveted civilian status.

"I was very deeply moved to see young Tibetan youth refugees here in
Calgary being faithful to their people and to His Holiness... I made a
promise to myself that I won't forget the plight of the Tibetan people.
I've been advocating the Tibetan cause since my days in college. I will
use my opportunities as an elected official to defend the Tibetan
people... and to protect the Tibetan culutre." Kenney inspiringly
continued, "I want you (the Tibetans) to understand that Prime Minister
Stephen Harper's instant, instinctive decision to honor this great
apostel of peace, this champion of non-violence - was done for the right
reasons... So, thank you (to) a small community that has come to Canada
as refugees, with hope... thank you for already giving so much back to
this country we're helping to build - Canada... May the people of Tibet
once more be free!"

White Kata scraves and small token gifts were presented to Secretary of
State Jason Kenney and other visiting officials such as Conservative MP
Rob Anders (Calgary West), Mr. Kenney's Tibetan-Canadian Chief of Staff
Tenzin Dargyal Khangsar (Ottawa office) and Peggy (from Mr. Kenney's
Calgary East constituency office). The ceremony was assisted by TCA
President Tashi Phuntsok, Treasurer Tseyang Parhur and elder member
Norbu Khangsarla. Secretary Tsering Parchang also read a message in
English from the Tibetan Kashag.

"It's very encouraging to see our present Canadian government putting so
much efforts toward our Tibetan cause...", TCA President Tashi Phuntsok
commented proudly. "So, we considered Dec. 10 the greatest moment in
Tibetan history because His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the
Peace Prize as the champion of world peace!"

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 10
December, 1989.
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