Harper announces Aga Khan to visit Canada

Spiritual leader Shia Ismaili Muslims to address Parliament

OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office says the Aga Khan, hereditary spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, will make an official visit to Canada later this month.

The office says the Aga Khan will meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and address Parliament during the visit.

The spiritual leader is a regular visitor to Canada, with his most recent trips coming in 2008 and 2010.

He was granted honorary Canadian citizenship during the 2010 visit.

The Aga Khan became the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims in 1957.

Harper says Canada has long had good relations with the Aga Khan and his institutions, including the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network.

The foundation runs a wide range of international development initiatives, including in Afghanistan, in the areas of health, education, rural and economic development and the creation of new opportunities for women.

In October 2006 Canada announced a partnership with the Aga Khan to establish the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

“Our country has a warm and lasting friendship with His Highness, who was granted honorary Canadian citizenship for his leadership as a champion of international development, pluralism and tolerance around the world,” Harper said in a news release announcing the latest visit.

There are about 100,000 Shia Ismaili Muslims in Canada.




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Harper announces Aga Khan to visit Canada

  1. Maybe CRA should audit him too. As where is the money really going? Wouldn’t be the first time a (any) “religion” laundered money or directed it to undisclosed causes.

    • Just because it has happened in the past with some religions doesn’t mean it has to happen again. and you can’t blame 1 moment in history on an entire religion whether that be christianity, islam, hinduism, etc.

    • dave77 seriously? It’s amazing how quick you people are to judge, pathetic. And if you knew or know for that matter anything about Islam, or the Ismailis you’d appreciate them and respect them. But obviously you don’t. They’re one of the most peaceful religions in the world. Ismailism is honest and the Aga Khan spreads diversity and embraces differences. Maybe you should tune into the speech, because you need to open your mind and change your ill conceived ways. Grow up and start acting mature. Why the hell does everything some religion do seem like a conspiracy. Get your facts straight before pointing fingers.

  2. Dave, you must be totally ignorant, uneducated and a loser or all of it combined

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