Hal­i­fax cel­e­brates Canada Day with cer­e­mony for 53 new ci­ti­zens

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY ADINA BRESGE

Stephen Robin­son-Enebeli said he’s been wait­ing to pull out his red, maple-leaf-em­bla­zoned tie since he wore it for his first Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion five years ago.

On Satur­day, the 21-yearold Nige­rian im­mi­grant fi­nally found the right oc­ca­sion.

“I’m cel­e­brat­ing Canada Day to­day in style, be­cause I’m get­ting my Cana­dian ci­ti­zen­ship,” Robin­son-Enebeli. “Not only on Canada Day, but on Canada Day 150. That only hap­pens once ever.”

Robin­son-Enebeli wore the tie proudly as he re­cited Canada’s oath of ci­ti­zen­ship along with 52 other peo­ple from more than 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries at a cer­e­mony in Hal­i­fax.

“(Be­com­ing a ci­ti­zen) means I’ve been ac­cepted into a society and a coun­try that sees strength in di­ver­sity,” said Robin­sonEnebeli. “In Canada, you can as­pire to be any­one.”

Mem­bers of the crowd joined the Cana­di­ans-to-be and raised their right hands to echo the vow with the Cana­di­ans-tobe, some hold­ing up the other to film the pro­ceed­ings on their smart­phones.

The room was a sea of red as chil­dren waved flags and flash­ing trin­kets, while politi­cians from all three levels of gov­ern­ment lined up to shake hands with their new con­stituents.

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Peo­ple take the ci­ti­zen­ship oath at Pier 21 im­mi­gra­tion cen­tre in Hal­i­fax on Satur­day. 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.

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