In a moment more than three years in the making, Malala Yousafzai today became the sixth-ever honorary Canadian citizen. Governor General David Johnston first announced the federal government’s intention to do so in October 2013’s throne speech, when Stephen Harper was prime minister. About a year later, on Oct. 21, 2014, Harper sought and received the unanimous consent of the House of Commons to make Yousafzai an honorary Canadian at a ceremony planned for the following day. That ceremony never took place, as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau attacked Parliament on Oct. 22.
Today at 11:30 a.m. ET, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Yousafzai to Parliament Hill. The PM will attend the citizenship ceremony and then introduce Yousafzai in the House of Commons, where she addressed parliamentarians at 12:10 p.m. Watch that speech here.
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