TORONTO, October 26, 2010 - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Congratulates
the Newly Elected Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, and Calls upon Municipal Governments to Mirror Our Communities
At a time when multiculturalism is under scrutiny both in Canada and abroad, the recent election of Naheed Nenshi as the Mayor of Calgary is a reflection of our collective successes in forging an inclusive national identity. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) congratulates the citizens of Calgary for focusing on the platform of each mayoral candidate rather than the individual’s racial or religious background.
“We believe that Nenshi’s election is an occasion to celebrate our progress in making municipal governments representative of all communities. However, the work is not over yet as we continue to receive reports of racial profiling and racism in some municipal jurisdictions,” noted CRRF’s Executive Director, Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini. “Through its partnership with the Coalition of Canadian Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD), the CRRF maintains its commitment to encourage municipal governments to eliminate racism and discrimination at all levels”, Al-Yassini added.
For information about CMARD, please visit: http://www.cmard.ca/ .