Harper Extends Chinese New Year Greetings

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 9, 2013 2:29 PM EST

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday sent greetings to all the Chinese in Canada and around the world on the occasion of the Chinese lunar New Year.

"On behalf of Laureen and our family, I would like to extend our best wishes to those celebrating Chinese New Year in Canada and around the world this Sunday," said Stephen Harper in a statement.

"The Chinese New Year is a time for families to gather together, give gifts, and reflect on both the past year and the one to come."

While recognizing the presence of Chinese culture in the country, the prime minister acknowledged the spirit of Chinese culture, and the contributions made by the Chinese-Canadians to the country.

"The many fireworks and parades marking this special occasion always remind me of how alive and well the vibrant Chinese culture is in our country. It also reminds us of the enormous contributions by Chinese Canadians to build the great nation we have today."

The prime minister has also prepared a video message to the Chinese wishing them for the New Year and applauding the hard-working Chinese in Canada. 

Assuring that Canada will see more jobs in the year ahead, Stephen Harper said that the federal government was doing good in a bid to create more jobs and more prosperity in the country.

"As Chinese Canadians usher in the New Year, they can rest assured that our Government is working to create the jobs and economic conditions that will help ensure that the Year of the Snake is one marked by good fortune and prosperity."

The Canadian prime minister Saturday issued statements greeting the Koreans and Vietnamese people on the New Year.

All the three-Asian countries will celebrate their New Year Sunday.

Tibetan New Year falls a day after the Chinese lunar New Year but the Tibetan government in exile has officially called upon all the Tibetans not to celebrate the New Year in solidarity and support of the Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government.

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