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Harper invites Suu Kyi to Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited the icon of Burma's pro-democracy movement to visit Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited the icon of Burma's pro-democracy movement to visit Canada.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was freed in November from house arrest in the military-controlled country, also known as Myanmar.

A senior official told The Canadian Press that the Canadian government shares her desire to see democracy flourish in her home country in Southeast Asia.

In December, she released a statement thanking the people of Canada for their support during her long incarceration.

Suu Kyi was made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2007, but her ties to Canada go back further. Her mother-in-law was French-Canadian.

Earlier this month, NDP Leader Jack Layton had proposed inviting Suu Kyi to Canada to accept her honorary citizenship in person.