From left: RCMP R.Const. Aubrey Bacchus, Justice Minor, Township Councillor Charlie Fox, MP Mark Warawa, and Master Corporal Andrew Tan with new Canadian citizens

From left: RCMP R.Const. Aubrey Bacchus, Justice Minor, Township Councillor Charlie Fox, MP Mark Warawa, and Master Corporal Andrew Tan with new Canadian citizens

MP welcomes new Canadians home

Fifty people took the oath of citizenship during a ceremony held at Brookswood Secondary earlier this month

  • Nov. 26, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Langley MP Mark Warawa welcomed 50 new Langley Canadians citizens during a ceremony at Brookswood Secondary School earlier this month.

“We are grateful that you chose Canada and we are proud to welcome you as new Canadians,” said Warawa as he addressed the new citizens.

“On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the government of Canada, congratulations and welcome home.”

A citizenship ceremony is an opportunity to witness the final step for many who want to become a Canadian citizen.

“I am thrilled to take part in this government of Canada initiative which encourages civic awareness among students – this is a firsthand opportunity to witness the induction of 50 new Canadians and to reflect on the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities that we share as Canadians,” said MP Mark Warawa.

During the citizenship ceremony, 50 permanent residents took the oath of citizenship, received their citizenship certificates and were welcomed into the Canadian family. While delivering remarks at the ceremony, MP Mark Warawa also highlighted the importance of being a Canadian.

“As Canadians, we understand that citizenship should not be simply a passport of convenience,” said Warawa.

“Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. Canadian citizenship is coveted around the world. . . . May we never take for granted the wonderful freedoms that we all enjoy, freedom won through the sacrifices of many.”