I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the first Turkic Canadian Convention, hosted by the Anatolian Heritage Federation.
This inaugural meeting brings the Turkic community and guests together for fellowship and discussion. Turkic Canadians are uniquely well placed to promote and strengthen bilateral relations between Canada and Turkey. I am certain that your deliberations will help foster understanding in this regard.
I would like to commend the members of the Anatolian Heritage Federation for preserving the history and traditions of your homeland while building a good life in Canada. Your efforts to strengthen the multicultural character of our nation and promote cross-cultural understanding enrich us all.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my best wishes for a productive convention.
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.