OTTAWA–Stephen Harper–Prime Minister of Canada–has sent a congratulatory certificate to the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) on the occasion of the opening of its national office in Ottawa.
The certificate recognizes the "profound" contributions of the Armenian community in Canada.
"Your new permanent office in the nation’s capital will ensure that Parliament and the Government of Canada are aware of the concerns and aspirations of Armenian-Canadians," reads the certificate.
Over 30 Members of Parliament and Senators–among them the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary Jason Kenney and Bloc Qubcois Leader Gilles Duceppe–attended ANCC’s national office opening on April 25.
"The Prime Minister’s heartfelt sentimen’s and initiative are greatly appreciated by tens of thousand members and supporters of ANCC," said Aris Babikian–the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of Canada.
"We are proud and honored with our association and cooperation with the Prime Minister," he said. "It is a great pleasure to see a government and a prime minister with such compassionate and principled feelings towards Canadians and their concerns."