VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Greens, issued the following statement today in recognition of Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
“Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of diversity, equality and respect. This day was officially designated sixteen years ago with the purpose of celebrating the remarkable diversity of Canadians and recognizing the contributions that diverse perspectives have made to our society.
“Today more than ever we live in a world where forces seek to divide people based on their differences. For that reason it is especially important that this year we highlight the values of equality and respect. Our differences should not serve as a means of division, but rather as something to honour as one of our society’s greatest strengths.
“In celebrating and standing up for diversity it is essential that we enshrine our words in action. As members of society and members of government it is our duty to ensure that diverse perspectives are represented, validated and protected.
“As we head into the long weekend it is my sincere pleasure to offer everyone my best wishes for Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.”
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