The Aga Khan will be speaking as an honorary citizen of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday. The Aga Khan is the recipient of six honoris causa (honorary doctorates) from Canadian universities, the “owner” of three landmark institutions in Canada, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims – and a world Muslim leader.
When the Aga Khan speaks the world listens and this speech is now being billed as his most important so far. The speech could be quite moving on the trends in world society and his role in it, starting with his relationship with Canada from the 1972 expulsion of Uganda Asians by the dictator Idi Amin. The Aga Khan played an immense role in this out of his friendship with Prime Minister Trudeau.