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Canadian Fijians Receive Assurance from Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made many profound remarks during his visit to Canada. Issues he covered ranged from his reflections on a dark past and his vision about the future
12 Aug 2015 11:09
Canadian Fijians Receive Assurance from Bainimarama
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Canada. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made many profound remarks during his visit to Canada.
Issues he covered ranged from his reflections on a dark past and his vision about the future of Fiji.
These are not new. He has referred to them in other countries that he has visited.
But for the Canadian Fijians it must be music to their ears when they are reassured by Mr Bainimarama that they are welcome back in Fiji and they have nothing to be afraid of.
In the new Fiji, everyone is welcome. Mr Bainimarama says it was a national shame that the 1987 and 2000 political upheavals forced Fijians to flee to overseas countries including Canada.
Mr Bainimarama says those Fijians were told through words or threats or worse that they were not welcome in Fiji, that they did not belong in Fiji, that they were not Fijian no matter how many generations their family had lived and toiled on Fijian soil.
With the new roadmap, Mr Bainimarama has told them that:
• There is a new Fiji that has embraced equality and true democracy as never before.
• That there is a new spirit and confidence in Fiji.
• And that Fiji is open for business.
The chapter about a dark past has closed.
He said he was sorry for what happened and invited them back. Those who have done well in business have been asked to invest in Fiji and help in developing the country.
Fiji, according to Mr Bainimarama, is poorer for them having left, and Canada is all the richer, rewarded for its generosity, its tolerance and its innate and very refined sense of justice and equality.
With the Fijian laws now allowing for multiple citizenship, Canadian Fijians can have the best of both worlds.
They can travel between the two countries and live for as long as they want in either country.
It was a productive visit that will open doors to opportunities for Canadian Fijians to return and help build the country. Mr Bainimarama has removed doubts and allayed fears about the roadmap for Fiji’s future.
The fact that they have heard it from the PM himself has brought a closure to a dark past for them and opened a new chapter that ushers in hope for a wonderful future.
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