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Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2011 by staff 

Canada Day CelebrationsCanada Day Celebrations, A beaming Sergiu Jacob reached out and straightened the little red and black pin on his lapel Canada with his wife Adina, moments after the couple has met the Canadians at a ceremony on Friday, Old Port of Montreal.

“This is the greatest dream of my wife come true,” Sergio said softly, with a broad smile on his face. “Oui, c’est plus grand rêve Mon,” echoed Adina very enthusiastic and impeccable French. The Iacobs, who moved to Canada four years ago, Romania was among the five lucky families selected to participate in the citizenship ceremony. His daughter Catherine, 5, also received a certificate, while two-year-old David was born here.

Adina, who teaches French as a second language for adults, chose Quebec because she studied French and English at school in Romania and dreamed of raising children in a bilingual environment.

“Now my children are growing three languages, as they speak Romanian as well … C’est UN bonheur great without accompli rêve, je ne regrette rien”, he said, gliding effortlessly from English to French as many of their neighbors in Montreal.

Ebo Ifi came to Canada from Nigeria 10 years ago with his then 7-year-old daughter Naureen Ude, “to make a better life.” Ebo is now finishing her degree in nursing at Vanier College, and her daughter just finished grade 10 at a secondary school in Laval.

With a bright yellow headscarf and traditional dress for the occasion Ibo, Ebo says he made the right decision to come to Canada.

“My life is better here in many ways. I have more freedom as a woman, mother, and I have the opportunity to study,” he said, adding that only the wealthy could afford higher education in Nigeria.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony yesterday and lined up for free birthday cake, many sporting ponytails or caps adorned with Canadian flags and T-shirts with slogans like “Proud to Canada.”

Sylvie Fréchette, gold medalist in synchronized swimming at the Olympic games 1992, hosted the citizenship ceremony and the judge gave Alain Ayache certificates. Local members of Parliament Stéphane Dion, Justin Trudeau and Isabelle Morin attended the event and the mayor of Montreal MP, Jane Cowell Poitras Ahuntsic-Cartierville and town mayor Pierre Gagner.

Trudeau said he has been the tradition of Canada Day over the past decade for the public to attend the event and retake the oath of citizenship.

“These new citizens are lucky to choose Canada, because it makes them appreciated, while the rest of us can take for granted. So this ceremony is for me a little reminder to not take for granted,” said.

Trudeau expressed his surprise and dismay that no elected officials on stage for the event. (The guests of honor including two regional directors of federal ministries, Montreal is Canada Day committee chairmans Luc Buisson, Ayache and Fréchette, and several representatives of the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.)

“This is, after all, a civil ceremony, and it’s really about our democracy, not the police or the army, so you would think there would be some elected officials on stage, if a mayor or a deputy “he said, noting that under the previous federal government, this was the practice.

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