Halifax celebrates Canada Day with ceremony for 53 new citizens
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.
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.