Hon. Prime Min­is­ter Of Fiji Jo­saia Din­ner

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Oc­to­ber 4th, The Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama at­tended Fiji Day Cel­e­bra­tions in Sur­rey or­ga­nized by Cana­dian So­ci­ety of Fiji Mus­lims and the Mus­lim Busi­ness Coun­cil of Bri­tish Columbia. A tra­di­tional Kava Cer­e­mony was held to greet the PM ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Mary. The Prime Min­is­ter per­son­ally thanked the Fi­jian com­mu­nity for as­sist­ing in Fiji’s so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment and af­ter his speech de­liv­ered awards on be­half of the or­ga­niz­ers to long time com­mu­nity ac­tivists. Prime Min­is­ter’s said in his speech. “First let me be­gin by say­ing thank you for the tra­di­tional cer­e­mony of wel­come you’ve ac­corded my­self, my wife Mary, and my del­e­ga­tion. I can’t fully ex­press how much it means to me per­son­ally to share in our tra­di­tions with all of you this evening, so far away from our shores. Ev­ery year, Fiji Day is our chance to re­flect on the ties that con­nect us as mem­bers of the same ex­tended Fi­jian fam­ily. Let us all re­mem­ber that those ties are not de­fined by our eth­nic­ity, our re­li­gion, our gen­der or our sta­tus in so­ci­ety, but rather they are de­fined by the love we share for our great coun­try and our com­mit­ment to one an­other. The dark­est parts of Fi­jian his­tory are those times that we failed to recog­nise th­ese com­mon bonds—some­thing that many in this room are all too fa­mil­iar with. There are few greater tragedies than that of a cit­i­zen to feel like an un­wel­come stranger in their own home. My del­e­ga­tion is also here to­day to make the in­te­gra­tion process as easy as pos­si­ble, whether you wish to re­turn to Fiji to visit on hol­i­day or want to make your voice heard in the up­com­ing elec­tions. Of­fi­cials from the Elec­tions Of­fice are also here to as­sist with voter regis­tra­tion for those who are el­i­gi­ble. Thank you to the Govern­ment and peo­ple of Canada, of Bri­tish Columbia and our Fi­jian fam­ily here in Van­cou­ver for mak­ing this cel­e­bra­tion such a suc­cess. As we cel­e­brate 47 years of In­de­pen­dence, let’s all re­mem­ber that our mis­sion is never over and we must keep Fiji mov­ing for­ward. We must stay uni­fied, one na­tion and one peo­ple, ded­i­cated to re­al­is­ing a brighter fu­ture. A very happy Fiji Day cel­e­bra­tion to all of you.” Vi­naka vakalevu. Thank you. Note: Edited Speech......

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