Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 17, 2011 12:10 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Marking St. Patrick's Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement today marking St. Patrick's Day:

"I want to wish all Canadians of Irish descent a happy and healthy St. Patrick's Day.

"Amidst all the revelry, St. Patrick's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous influence Irish Canadians have had on our country.

"It is estimated that more than four million Canadians have Irish ancestry. Among the many who have made a significant impact on this country is Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation, who is considered to be one of the most brilliant orators ever to grace Canadian public life. Before his tragic death at the hands of an assassin's bullet in 1868, his arguments in favour of unifying the colonies helped to bring Confederation to pass. 

"Also Timothy Eaton, who was born in Country Antrim in 1834, and went on to form a little dry goods store at the corner of Yonge and Queen Streets in downtown Toronto. That store eventually became the foundation of a retail empire reaching across Canada. 

"The late Maureen Forrester, who died last year, was a great Irish-Canadian opera singer who worked her way up from humble beginnings to world fame.

Those are just three of the many Irish Canadians who have made contributions to the life of this country. In fact, over the past decade, more than 3,600 people have come from Ireland as permanent residents to contribute their skills and knowledge to Canada. We are happy they chose to come.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Let us all raise a glass of whatever green beverage most takes our fancy and toast to one another. Slainte."

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