Hal­i­fax wel­comes 53 new ci­ti­zens on Canada Day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

HAL­I­FAX - Fifty-three peo­ple from more than 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries cel­e­brated Canada’s 150th birth­day by tak­ing the oath of ci­ti­zen­ship in Hal­i­fax.

Mem­bers of the crowd joined the Cana­di­ans-to-be as they raised their right hands and vowed to ful­fil their du­ties as ci­ti­zens. Politi­cians from all three lev­els of govern­ment lined up to con­grat­u­late their new con­stituents as they re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates of Canadian ci­ti­zen­ship. The cer­e­mony was held at the Pier 21 im­mi­gra­tion cen­tre on the Hal­i­fax wa­ter­front, where more than one million im­mi­grants took their first steps in Canada be­tween 1928 and 1971. Chemist and Or­der of Canada re­cip­i­ent Mary Anne White, who presided over Satur­day’s pro­ceed­ings, said the site seemed like a fit­ting place to cel­e­brate the coun­try’s his­tory of wel­com­ing newcomers.

The new Canadian ci­ti­zens cel­e­brated their sta­tus and na­tional hol­i­day with an emo­tional ren­di­tion of the coun­try’s an­them.

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