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Statement in Parliament of Canada - Dalai Lama Nobel Prize Commemoration

November 27, 2012

Statement made by Mr. David Sweet, Member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, CPC. 

November 26, 2012

Mr. Speaker, only a few citizens of Canada have earned the distinction of winning a Nobel Prize, and one of them is our honorary Canadian citizen, the 14th Dalai Lama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The reason I raise this today is that Saturday, December 8, there is a commemoration of this achievement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan Cultural Centre at 11 a.m. in Etobicoke in the city of Toronto.

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prominent recognition of a life dedicated to peace and understanding.

As chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, which includes members of this House and the upper chamber of all political stripes, it is my honour to congratulate the Dalai Lama on this commemoration, and also to encourage fellow Canadians to take part in this day of celebration on December 8.

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