RICHMOND (June 27, 2019) – BC Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism and Richmond North Centre MLA Teresa Wat released the following statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:
“Today we celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches every one of us, and recognize the remarkable contributions made by multicultural communities to our society.
“We are fortunate to live in British Columbia, the most ethnically diverse province in Canada that has attracted newcomers from around the world. Our strength therefore lies in tolerance, acceptance and cooperation between the many people that call this province home.
“In addition to preserving and enhancing the multicultural heritage of B.C., we must continue to guard against intolerance and hatred on the basis of race or place of origin. Discrimination demeans us all and has no place in our society.
“I encourage everyone to take today’s opportunity to build cultural awareness in your own home, workplace and community. We all have a responsibility for social diversity and inclusion.
“Let’s ensure everyone is treated with respect and dignity and strive to create opportunity for all of B.C.”