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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Statement of Peggy Nash MP on the silver jubilee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Nobel Prize

December 15, 2014

House of Commons (Canada) - December 11, 2014

Statement of Peggy Nash, MP:

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise in the house today to mark the silver jubilee anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize.  I look forward to joining the Tibet community this weekend to celebrate this special occasion.

In 1989 His Holiness was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his non-violent struggle for freedom in Tibet.  Sadly this situation in his home has only become worse.  At least 133 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009.  The Dalai Lama continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the Tibetan issue through dialogue and mutual respect even in the face of such tragedy. I urge our government to engage China on the issue of Tibet and to urge them to re-enter negotiations with envoys of the Dalai Lama based on his Middle Way Approach. I also want to wish all of us here who are privileged to work in Canada’s parliament, a happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas and the very best of the holiday season.


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