On June 19, 2009, on the advice of the Government of Canada, the House of Commons voted to bestow Honourary Canadian Citizenship upon His Highness the Aga Khan in recognition of His Highness’s leadership as a champion of development, pluralism and tolerance around the world and of his remarkable leadership as Imam of the worldwide Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
Only four other people have been granted honourary Canadian citizenship:
* Aung San Suu Kyi, imprisoned Burmese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate (2007).
* Tenzin Gyatso, the current and 14th Dalai Lama (2006).
* Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former President of South Africa (2001).
* Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat
noted for his actions during the Holocaust (1985, granted posthumously).