Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 18, 2008 15:00 ET

Secretary of State Kenney Attends Minturnese 16th Ballo Della Pacchiana

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), will attend the Minturnese 16th Ballo Della Pacchiana, a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Minturnese community in Canadian society.

"The Government of Canada is proud to participate in the Minturnese 16th Ballo Della Pacchiana," said Secretary of State Kenney. "Canada's diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and we are committed to strengthening our pluralism and our national cohesion. It is important recognize and celebrate the value of community engagement."

"It is an honour and a pleasure to welcome Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, to Vaughan and to the annual Minturno Social Event, Il Ballo Della Pacchiana," said Maria Grazia Bevilacqua, President, Minturno Social Club. "Mr. Kenney's presence is a testament to his respect and the respect of the Government of Canada for Canadians of Italian origin and their traditions. The Secretary of State believes that traditions such as these enrich the fabric of Canadian society and the Canadian multicultural mosaic."

The Government of Canada is committed to reaching out to all Canadians and developing lasting relationships with ethnic and religious communities in Canada. It encourages these communities to participate fully in Canadian society by enhancing their level of economic, social, and cultural integration.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP
    Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications
    alykhan_velshi@pch.gc.ca