New Speech: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover delivers inauguration address during the opening of the Aga Khan Museum

On the eve of 3 months milestone of the inauguration of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Ismailimail is proud to feature the full address of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover during the opening of the Aga Khan Museum. This speech completes the full complement of addresses delivered by Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prince Amyn during that occasion and featured on Ismailimail.

The Ismailimail team is especially thankful to Taj Kassam for sharing this speech as this milestone also marks the honor Ismailimail received by being invited to Toronto to cover the events.

Ladies and gentlemen, today marks the beginning of yet another chapter in the ambitious efforts of His Highness the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community in Canada.

… The Aga Khan Museum will be yet another symbol of the values and ideals that Canada, and indeed Your Highness and your community, represent to the world.

– Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover wishes Prince Amyn “Happy Birthday.” <br />  Left to right (standing at the podium) Minister Shelly Glover, (seated) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. <br />  [Image © Ismailimail/AM]
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover wishes Prince Amyn “Happy Birthday.”
Left to right (standing at the podium) Minister Shelly Glover, (seated) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.
[Image © Ismailimail/AM]

Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Friday, September 12, 2014.

Prime Minister Harper, Your Highness and family

Parliamentarians, special guests, friends, welcome.

Prince Amyn, I’m inspired by your words and honoured to share this stage with you. And I learned that today is your birthday and I’m happy to wish you a Happy Birthday.

C’est tout un honneur pour moi d’être ici à Toronto aujourd’hui pour l’ouverture du Musée Aga Khan.

C’est un honneur de partager cette scène avec des dirigeants distingués, généreux et admirables.

En tant que ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des langues officielles, j’ai la chance d’observer de façon directe les contributions importantes des musées à nos communautés.

At their best, museums help us see the world differently – educating us, enlightening us, and challenging our views and opinions.

Museums, in fact, showcase our stories.

They tell Canadians, as well as visitors to Canada, about where we come from, and about the values that shaped us as a society.

For Canada, through the generations, those values have included pluralism, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Our Government believes that the shared values of all Canadians have long been crucial to ensuring Canada speaks with one strong voice on the world stage.

The institution we are celebrating today will no doubt be influential in promoting those values.

The Aga Khan Museum will be the first of its kind in North America, dedicated to presenting the arts of Islam in all their historic and geographic diversity.

Ladies and gentlemen, today marks the beginning of yet another chapter in the ambitious efforts of His Highness the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community in Canada.

The Aga Khan Museum will deliver to Canadians and visitors alike some of the world’s most breathtaking Islamic art.

In its educational mission, the Museum will reach out to speak to Muslims and non-Muslims alike about the peace, creativity, beauty, and pluralism of Muslim history.

And in these tumultuous times, those values are needed more than ever.

And I’m extremely proud to serve a government and a prime minister who also stands up for those values, and for what is right.

Just as Canada and our Prime Minister stand tall in the world to defend these values, so too will the Aga Khan Museum act as a strong force for them in Canada and around the globe.

Le Canada a toujours été une terre d’accueil pour les personnes de différentes origines, qui veulent vivre ici et bâtir un meilleur avenir pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

Notre force réside dans notre pluralisme et notre diversité, que nous sommes fiers de présenter au monde.

Et c’est pour ces raisons qu’il est parfait que le Musée Aga Khan soit construit ici.

For our government, there has been no partner more dedicated taking Canadian values globally than His Highness the Aga Khan.

And that’s why in 2006, our Government was proud to contribute to the endowment fund for the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

That $30 million, which was matched by the Aga Khan, has helped to refurbish the former Canadian War Museum to serve as the Centre’s headquarters.

And in February, Prime Minister Harper and his Highness together announced a $100 million joint venture between Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network for development aid in Africa and Asia.

In these and so many other ways, His Highness the Aga Khan has consistently helped create platforms for Canada’s unique strengths to be shared internationally.

For this reason, our government has taken the exceptionally rare steps of honouring His Highness as a honourary Canadian citizen.

I want to let you in on a little secret: most of you may be seeing the museum for the first time today, but I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek last month with my colleague John Carmichael, MP for Don Valley West.

And while I was struck by the architecture and the spaces in this beautiful new building, the grounds are also magnificent.

So I found myself secretly wondering if one of those outdoor open spaces might be reserved one day for an ice rink.

Now that would be a sight – all of us playing hockey together outside. Can’t get more Canadian than that

And Mr. Prime Minister, maybe you could write a book about it.

But in all seriousness, the warm welcome I received here has stayed with me for weeks, and thinking back on it always brings a smile to my face.

I know others will feel that same spirit and warmth as the doors are opened to the public. Thank you Dr. Kim, Mr. Talib and Mr. Dhanani for that tour.

I also smile as I remember how earlier this year our Prime Minister invited His Highness to address our Parliament. It was a historic moment.

Hearing his words of wisdom that day will forever be a cherished memory for me.

And I’m sure they will be a source of inspiration for all those who had the unique opportunity to be present in the House of Commons that day.

As our Prime Minister introduced His Highness he said the following:

“Canadians are strongest when we have the support of those who share our values.”

And I agree wholeheartedly.

As Minister for Canadian Heritage, I see first-hand how our shared values can not only transcend ethnicities and languages, but can bind communities.

What all of us here today share is that love of freedom and democracy, our desire for peace, and the will to support pluralism as the foundation of a strong Canada.

Je tiens à exprimer nos sincères remerciements à Son Altesse, pour avoir amené ces institutions ici dans cette ville et dans notre pays.

Merci d’avoir choisi le Canada pour investir des ressources financières et institutionnelles importantes, pour avoir créé des emplois et de l’activité économique, et surtout, de nous rappeler que le Canada est un chef de file mondial grâce à nos valeurs.

Nous savons que le Canada est, et peut rester, un symbole de force durant une époque troublante.

The Aga Khan Museum will be yet another symbol of the values and ideals that Canada, and indeed Your Highness and your community, represent to the world.

Thank you once again, and on behalf of Prime Minister Harper and the Government of Canada, I wish you every success.

Merci.


About The Honourable Shelly Glover
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly GloverShelly Glover was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.

In July 2013, Mrs. Glover was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Previously, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages in May 2008, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in August 2010, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance in January 2011.

Prior to entering federal politics, Mrs. Glover served as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years. She had a diverse career in a variety of positions including undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang investigations, and general patrol. Mrs. Glover has a high level of proficiency in the French language and was the first female and bilingual spokesperson appointed by her department.

Via: Prime Minister of Canada | Stephen Harper | The Honourable Shelly Glover


Ismailimail is very grateful to Taj Kassam of Miami for securing this speech from the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover and for letting us share this address with our readers.


Read also at http://www.theismaili.org/speech-minister-shelly-glover-opening-aga-khan-museum


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