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Canadian Ethnocultural Council commends Prime Minister Harper for reinstating the Secretary of State, Multiculturalism

Ottawa, January 8, 2007 - The Canadian Ethnocultural Council President, Peter Ferreira commends the Prime Minister Harper for reinstating the position of Secretary of State for Multiculturalism in the new cabinet appointments announced last week.

"As Canadian society continues to become increasingly diverse we have to ensure that our commitment to multiculturalism policy and legislation has the required government support. By working together with the Secretary of State we can harness Canada's cultural diversity in a inclusive and positive manner while continuing to strengthen our Canadian identity," said Mr. Ferreira.

"We are pleased that the Prime Minister has recognized the importance of this portfolio. It requires a dedicated cabinet position to provide the leadership needed to oversee the application of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, the first legislation of its kind in the world. We look forward to working with the Honourable Jason Kenny. We share a common goal to create dialogue with Canada's many cultural communities, and a common vision that Canada's diversity is one of its greatest strengths," concluded Mr. Ferreira.


For further information
Anna Chiappa, Executive Director:
(613) 230-3867 ext 224

176 Gloucester St., Suite 400,
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0A6, Canada
Tel (613) 230-3867, fax (613) 230-8051
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The Canadian Ethnocultural Council is a coalition of over 30 national ethnocultural organizations, which in turn represent over 2,000 local chapters across Canada. Its mandate is to promote the understanding of the multicultural reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

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