Ottawa, July 25, 2011 It is with a deep sense of sorrow that we witnessed the horrible massacre in Norway at the hands of a deranged individual fighting what he apparently claims "as a crusader against multiculturalism and immigration". The Canadian Ethnocultural Council extends deepest condolences to the people of Norway. We share in their sorrow at this moment of great loss and grief.
"As an organization whose foundation has arisen out of Canada’s multiculturalism policy and believes that both our multiculturalism and our immigration policy are an integral part of our history and are at the very core of Canadians' sense of belonging and identity, we are very troubled and concerned by the extremity of the killer’s motivation" said Lou Sekulovski, President. "Canada has set the standard of multiculturalism and immigration. We thus call upon the Prime Minister to take a leadership role and immediate action, here and abroad, in defending these fundamental values, which have made our country the great nation that it is. These are values, which are necessary in a globalized and inter-connected society. This is a time to tell the world that that Canada’s multicultural and immigration policies have contributed greatly to the economic well-being and social cohesion of our country and that they can be a positive influence in the rest of the world."