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Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 20, 2009 14:05 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

"The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was proclaimed in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre of March 21, 1960, when police killed 69 South Africans participating in an anti-apartheid demonstration.

"Clearly, all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance are unacceptable and completely contrary to Canada's fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

"Our government has taken a principled stance in combating racism. More than a year ago, I announced that Canada would refuse to participate in the racist Durban process. Since then, several countries have decided to follow Canada's lead. Under our government, Canada will support any international conference that combats racism; we will not however lend Canada's good name to those that promote it.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I call on all Canadians to take time on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to reflect on the need to eliminate discrimination and commit to working towards a racism-free Canada."

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