Today in History: Prime Minister Harper bestows the title “Honorary Canadian Citizen” to His Highness the Aga Khan

On May 28, 2010, Prime Minister Harper formally announced the Canadian Parliament’s unanimous decision to make His Highness the Aga Khan an Honorary Canadian Citizen.

In his address, the Prime Minister stated:

The motion introduced by our Government recognised, and I quote, that “[…]the Aga Khan, leader of the worldwide Ismaili Muslim Community, is a beacon of humanitarianism, pluralism and tolerance throughout the world; […]the Aga Khan is also actively involved in humanitarian and development projects throughout Asia and Africa;[…and] Canadians are grateful for the Aga Khan’s efforts in Afghanistan, where today the Aga Khan Development Network is a vital partner in our efforts to secure and improve the lives of Afghan citizens.”

Prime Minister’s complete speech at AKDN Press Centre

1. June 10, 2009 – In the House of Commons yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that Canada will grant honorary citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam. Hansard: Transcript from the House of Commons, 9 June 2009

2. June 19, 2009 – Today, the Canadian House of Commons gave unanimous consent to a motion granting Honorary Canadian Citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam. Hansard: Transcript from the House of Commons, 19 June 2009

3. May 28, 2010 – Canadian Prime Minister Bestows Ismaili Imam with Honorary Canadian Citizenship at Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park. The Ismaili

 

Mawlana Hazar Imam receives a certificate of Honorary Canadian Citizenship from Prime Minister Harper. (Photo: Moez Visram via The Ismaili)
Mawlana Hazar Imam receives a certificate of Honorary Canadian Citizenship from Prime Minister Harper. (Photo: Moez Visram via The Ismaili)

Canada bestows the title honorary Canadian citizen


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