November 14, 2012
Dear Friend, Community Leader and Stakeholder,
I am writing to you as the Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism and person responsible for Community and Stakeholders Outreach.
I am writing to wish you a happy International Day of Tolerance.
Please find attached my statement for the International Day of Tolerance. Please share it with members of your community and family and friends.
The International Day of Tolerance
I would like to join all Canadians in marking The International Day of Tolerance.
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly invited Member States to observe The InternationalDay of Tolerance on November 16th. This action was a follow-up to The United Nations Year forTolerance of 1995 – an initiative of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The United Nations Charter, Chapter 1: Purposes and Principles Article 1; Clause 3 states – “To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; ”
The International Day of Tolerance is a time to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others and encouraging dialogue and co-operation among people of different cultural backgrounds. It is also a time to reflect on the negative effects of intolerance and how various forms of injustice, oppression, racism and unfair discrimination are sadly, a day-to-day reality for millions of people throughout the world today.
Intolerance is unacceptable, wherever and whenever it occurs.
For Canadians, this day is a time to reflect on how our rich diversity defines us as a nation.
I believe in the power and potential of the human race. I believe we must Respect our neighbours, Accept our differences, Celebrate our rich diversity and Embrace our heritage.
Hon. Jim Karygiannis P.C., M.P.
Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism
3850 Finch Ave East Suite 206