PR KARACHI - Canada cares about the prosperity of Pakistan and its people as the Canadian government is interested in the well-being of nations with a sizable population that have immigrated to Canada, says a statement here on Sunday.  It said that Pakistan is one of the leading source countries of immigrants to Canada.

The statement said that this was pointed out by the Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Perry J. Calderwood, at a reception hosted by him and the Honorary Consul of Canada in Karachi, Byram Avari, to celebrate the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s confederation. He said Canada is a peaceful, pluralistic society with strong democratic values and the country is characterized by its diversity and inclusiveness, and diversity is Canada’s strength as it promotes multi-culturalism.

The envoy stated that Canada welcomes some 300,000 immigrants every year which is nearly one per cent of its population. Pakistan is one of the leading source countries of immigrants to Canada. Canadians continue the longstanding tradition of welcoming refugees. In 2016, Canada received nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees, many of whom were sponsored by local community groups. A similar number is being welcomed this year.

Canada’s commitment to inclusiveness is reflected in its political leadership. For the first time in history, Canada’s federal cabinet, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is characterized by gender parity with women occupying half of the ministerial portfolios.

The cabinet includes several ministers who were born outside of Canada.

Calderwood said Canada is proud that all Canadians are equal, and can aspire to occupy the highest offices in the land, whether they became citizens last week, or their ancestors arrived in Canada centuries ago.

This means that the rights of all citizens- regardless of race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities, are respected and that everyone has a contribution to make.

He added that history has taught Canadians that inclusiveness and respect for diversity provide the best foundation for a prosperous, secure and well-governed country.

The Canadian envoy said that valuing diversity also extends to Canada’s foreign relations as it cares about the security and prosperity of countries where our fellow Canadians come from, and where they have families and friends.

Thus Pakistan has been a major recipient of Canadian Development and Humanitarian Assistance.

Reception was largely attended by diplomats, government and military officials, politicians and elite of town.