Press Release

 

Remarks made by Prime Minister of India in his

Meeting with Indo-Canadian Parliamentarians

in Toronto on June 28, 2010

 

          During his visit to Toronto for the G-20 Summit, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, attended a function on June 28, 2010 which was organized by Shri S M Gavai, High Commissioner of India in Canada to meet Canadian Senators, Members of Parliament (MP) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) of Indian descent. The Prime Minister conveyed his admiration for the achievements of the Indo-Canadian community in Canada and their role in forging closer India-Canada relations.  Others who addressed the gathering included Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission  of India,  Mr Deepak Obhrai,  MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada,  Mr Harinder Takhar,  MPP and Minister for Government Services,  Government of Ontario and  Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, MP, Liberal Party.

 

          An official transcript of Prime Minister’s remarks to the Indo-Canadian Parliamentarians is attached.

 

          During his brief stay in Toronto,  Prime Minister of India also visited the Air India memorial site at Humber Bay Park East, Lakeshore Boulevard, Toronto, where he laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the horrific terror bombing of the Air India Flight 182  that took place 25 years ago on June 23, 1985 and resulted in the tragic loss of 329 innocent lives. He met the Office Bearers of the Air India air crash Victims' Families Association and conveyed his deepest condolences.  He told the bereaved family members that  “the entire nation shares your sense of loss.”  The family members conveyed to the Prime Minister that his presence was “a soothing balm” that had provided  "a healing touch" to their grief.

Remarks made by Prime Minister of India in his

Meeting with Indo-Canadian Parliamentarians

in Toronto on June 28, 2010

 

My dear friends,

I am very grateful to each one of you for having honoured me for being present here today.  My first words are going to be words of gratitude, words which speak of the immense pride and joy we have in the achievements of the Indo-Canadians in this country.  You are a community of 1.5 million people.  The name and fame that you have earned through your hard work has helped to change the people’s perspective in the Western world of what India has earned, what India stands  for and what India can do and this alone I think entitles you to earn our gratitude. I am very happy that you have flourished in this land.  That is the pride we have in your achievements.  When I was Finance Minister what I learnt was that the people of India were very keen to prove that given the appropriate environment Indians were second to none. We have to ensure that people don’t have to go out of India to Silicon Valley for this to happen.  I would like to say that you have distinguished yourselves in all walks of life, whether it is politics, whether it is industry, whether it is trade and whether it is science and technology.  In each of these areas people of Indian origin have done us proud. 

on centre, Edmonton is being shifted to a new convenient location with effect from Monday, 31st May, 2010.  The contact particulars of the new location of Edmonton Centre are as under:

 

Indian Visa and Consular services collection centre, Edmonton
Indian Visa And Consular Services Centre
Unit 201-9252, 34 Avenue
Edmonton NW, Alberta T6E 5P2.

Edmonton Helpline number: 1 780 628 6490 (between 0800 & 1900    hrs]

 

The Centre will be open to public Mondays through Saturdays, from 0800 am to 0230 pm for submission of applications and 0330 pm to 0700 pm for delivery of processed documents.

 

          The required fees for various services and agency charges could be paid by Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Money Order/ Bank Draft or in Cash.

 

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