and Islam Conference
by the Hon. David Kilgour, Member of Parliament
(Edmonton Southeast) and Secretary of State
200, West Block, Parliament Hill
June 21, 2003
to Parliament and to one of the most important
rooms on Parliament Hill!
toutes et à tous.
Engaging in Bridge Building – WEBB – and
especially Nazreem Aly, who spearheaded a team
which spent many 100s of volunteer hours
organizing this conference – deserve much
event is a positive consequence to 9/11.
It will allow all of us to see the enormous
spiritual, cultural and ethical strength of Islam.
is appropriate that this first major event by WEBB
as a new international organization founded after
9/11 be held in Canada!
Canadians consider ourselves to be bridge builders
mostly because we have so many of the world’s
faiths and cultures living peacefully within our
a friend of mine, a European, who lived in Canada
for a number of years, thinks the genus of
Canadians is what he terms our “plural
We can be Arab and Jew, Muslim or Christian
and many other things in our own person because of
the strengths and familiarity with our myriad
cultural and religious communities.
short, Canadians seek to remove misconceptions of
many kinds. We
try to depolarize and dedemonize!
That is our mission in an increasingly
promised to be very brief.
Every moment is precious today.
The organizers are committed to staying on
schedule with all speakers at all times in order
to maximize audience participation.
bless the work of this conference.