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Canadian MP speaks in Parliament to recognize Dalai Lama Nobel Prize anniversary

December 14, 2015

Statement by Arif Virani MP: Parliament of Canada, December 10, 2015 - Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 26th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

As the member of Parliament for Parkdale—High Park, thousands of my constituents are Tibetans who take great pride in the cultural and spiritual leadership of the Dalai Lama. The important work of spreading the Dalai Lama's teachings and wisdom are being done in my community in Toronto by the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre and its president, Mr. Sonam Lankar.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not simply a leader for Tibetans. He is a leader and example for us all. The global community recognized his tireless advocacy for the cause of peace with the award of the Nobel Prize on December 10, 1989. On that date, His Holiness accepted the award with great humility, noting that:

I am no one special. But I believe the prize is a recognition of the true value of altruism, love, compassion and non-violence which I try to practice.

I ask all members of the House to join me in recognizing this significant anniversary.

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