Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds Launched

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New Parliamentary group Kickstarts Relationship with Kurdish Community

Calgary MP Recognizes Faithful Friendship

CALGARY – March 3, 2016 MP Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard) has spearheaded the creation of a new group named “Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds”. It is intended as an all-parties caucus within Canada’s Parliament dedicated to listening compassionately to those Kurdish people dedicated to peace in Canada and abroad. The association will be holding its first meeting March 23rd in Ottawa.

            Canada and the Kurdish people share many common goals including the defeat of Daesh (also known as ISIS), stability in the Middle East, and the creation of a permanent peace. The purpose of the Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds is to work with the Kurdish community in Canada and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq on areas of mutual concern between our two societies, including greater cultural understanding, consular affairs, and helping Kurdish refugees in Canada to integrate into Canadian society.  In addition, this group will give the Kurds an opportunity to educate parliamentarians more personally on the situation in their homeland and will amplify the peaceful voices in our diplomatic process.

            Said Kmiec, “I am proud to kickstart this initiative to reach out to Canadians of Kurdish heritage. Kurds, like so many in our nation of immigrants, have provided an important voice in Canadian democracy and a strong shoulder to lift our economy. This group will serve as a forum to connect with peaceful Kurdish organizations across Canada and to connect parliamentarians with foreign officials of the Kurdish Regional Government. ”

 

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For more information, press only:

Jeff Park, 403-462-7871, tom.kmiec.c1@parl.gc.ca

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