(Minghui.org) May 13, 2013 marks the 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. On this special occasion, many government officials of Canada wrote letters of greeting in congratulation of the 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public. They recognized Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and commended Falun Dafa's tremendous contribution to the communities and the country. Below are the letters of greeting received from Members of Parliament Rod Bruinooge, Vic Toews, and Joyce Bateman, Mayor Martin Harder of the City of Winkler, Mayor Lynn Greenberg of the Rural Municipality of Gimli, and Mayor Sam Katz of the City of Winnipeg.
I am pleased to present my greetings on the 21st Anniversary of Falun Dafa. This is a moment for all of us to consider the principles of Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance which are integral to Falun Dafa, and are an example for all Canadians. I am truly honored to celebrate your tremendous contributions to our province and our country.
Rod Bruinooge, MP
21st Anniversary Celebration of Falun Dafa
Good afternoon and thank you for the invitation to be with you today. Please accept my apologies for not being able to attend in person.
On behalf of the federal government, it is my pleasure to offer greetings to the Falun Dafa Association of Canada on your 21st anniversary. Falun Dafa’s legacy in Canada is spirited and significant- it is a legacy that all Canadians can appreciate and take pride in.
The teachings of Falun Dafa emphasize the cultivation of the moral principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance in daily life. Falun Dafa practitioners strive to live in harmony with individuals and the world around them and meaningfully enhance the vibrancy of our communities. These are important teachings which we as Canadians can certainly relate to.
I want to thank you for your unwavering passion for the promotion of this discipline in Manitoba and our nation. Your contributions toward improving the cultural landscape of our communities do not go unnoticed.
I wish you all the best with your 2013 celebration and I look forward to many more years of Falun Dafa in Manitoba. Than you all for all of the hard work that you do and once again, than you for the invitation.
Vic Toews, P.C., M.P
Minister of Public Safety Regional Minister for Manitoba
I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Falun Dafa Association of Winnipeg on the 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa.
The practitioners of Falun Dafa have served as exemplary models for communities not only in Canada, but around the world, through their guiding principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.
Your commitment to peace and the practice of Falun Dafa in the face of adversity is highly commended.
I’m proud to see that our government’s Office of Religious Freedom has included Falun Dafa as an important component.
Again, I want to congratulate you and the Falun Dafa Association of Winnipeg on the 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa and your commitment to peace and self-improvement.
M.P Winnipeg South Centre
Falun Dafa Winnipeg 2013 celebration
Please accept my apologies for not being able to attend your event.
On behalf of the Council and residents of the City of Winkler, I am honored to extend greetings to you on celebrating your 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa.
Human rights and tolerance are a key component of a “Free Country” as well as a free society. We thank you for your work. May your celebration be an encouragement both to you as well as to your community as you bring these qualities to your people and people of other walks of life.
Thank you for demonstrating the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance to all!
Mayor Martin Harder
City of Winkler, MB
Thank you for your invitation to attend the celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Falun Dafa at the Forks on May 11, 2013, but I regret that I will not be able to attend. However I have included below greetings from the rural Municipality of Gimli.
On behalf of the Rural Municipality of Gimli Council and citizens, I would like to congratulate all members of Falun Dafa on their 21st anniversary. Practitioners have preserved and held true to the guiding principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance despite opposition. You all must be commended and celebrated. Your belief in peace and harmony resonates with all Canadians as well as around the globe. Congratulations, may you have a joyous celebration.
Thank you again for the invitation and have a wonderful celebration.
Lynn Greenberg, Mayor
Rural Municipality of Gimli
On behalf of The City of Winnipeg, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to Winnipeg – The Heart of the Continent, for the 21st Anniversary of Falun Dafa. We are honored to be your hosts for what will undoubtedly be a successful event, and I am confident that our City will exceed all your expectations.
With over 100 million people in over 100 countries practicing Falun Dafa, this anniversary celebration will be empowering to all in attendance. This traditional Chinese self-improvement practice finds its roots in truthfulness, compassion and forbearance and promotes peace in our own backyard and across the globe. Your contributions define our community as a hub of diversity, spirituality and understanding – thank you for touching hearts and lifting the human spirit around the world.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organizers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in organizing this event. Our City is a community that boasts first class attractions, supreme hospitality and a warm, welcome spirit. As a result, we attract visitors far and wide to our City – The Heart of the Continent. Time and again, visitors walk away with the sense that Winnipeg is a city of unique sights and dynamic experiences, and I encourage all visitors to take advantage of the amenities which have come to define our community.
Once again, on behalf of the citizens of Winnipeg and my esteemed colleagues on City Council, I would like to thank practitioners of Falun Dafa for your dedication to our community. I am certain this year’s anniversary will be a meaningful and thoughtful gathering that our City will not soon forget.
Sam Katz Mayor