Toronto warmly wel­comes Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­

The past year has been a pro­duc­tive one for China-Canada re­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the con­sul gen­eral in Toronto, and that was cause for cel­e­bra­tion even as the Lu­nar New Year ap­proached.

The air was filled with Chi­nese mu­sic and cheer­ful chat­ting and greet­ings, hun­dreds of guests gath­ered at the con­ven­tion cen­tre in Rich­mond Hill to cel­e­brate on Lu­nar New Year’s Eve. fes­ti­val for Chi­nese world­wide, the Lu­nar Chi­nese New Year-Spring Fes­ti­val this year was ac­knowl­edged by Par­lia­ment.

Xue pro­posed a toast to a long-last­ing friend­ship, with shouts of joy from the crowd.

John McCal­lum, nom­i­nated to be the new Cana­dian am­bas­sador to China, sent his greet­ings, as did other mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

“I wish ev­ery­body a very happy Year of the Rooster,” said McCal­lum. “My wife and I are very much look­ing for­ward to this ex­cit­ing job in which we will work very hard to strengthen the ties between Canada and China.”

Tolling the bell and at­tend­ing ser­vices at Cham Shan Tem­ple on Lu­nar New Year’s Eve is a big event for Chi­ne­seCana­di­ans in Toronto. Each year, thou­sands of peo­ple gather there to cel­e­brate, among them gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Canada and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­nese the com­mu­nity.

Ahmed D. Hussen, Canada’s min­is­ter of im­mi­gra­tion, refugees and cit­i­zen­ship, along with McCal­lum rang the peace bell, with a bless­ing by Ven. Sing Hung and Ven. Dayi Shi.

On Lu­nar New Year’s Day, the 28th Dragon Ball, a fundrais­ing gala hosted by the Yee Hong Com­mu­nity Well­ness Foun­da­tion, was held in down­town Toronto. As the first ma­jor “Canada 150” cel­e­bra­tion in the Chi­nese New Year, the event at­tracted some 1,100 guests, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers.

“I have the high­est con­fi­dence in the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship between Canada and China,” Joe Clark, for­mer Cana­dian prime min­is­ter.

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