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New Canadians greeted at Queen's Park

Thirty new Canadians from 27 countries took the oath of citizenship at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday.

Thirty new Canadians from 27 countries took the oath of citizenship at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday.

Douglas Garcia, from Nicaraugua, receives congratulations from son Ezequiel, 8, after being sworn in as a Canadian citizen on Canada Day. ((Kimberly Gale/CBC))

The special ceremony in honour of Canada Day took place on the front lawn of the legislative building.

The formal proceedings were presided over by Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Joe Oliver, the Minister of Natural Resources and Citizenship, and Citizenship Judge Raminder Gill.

"We don't expect our citizens to blend in right away," said Gill. "We want them to celebrate our diversity and that is what Canada gives us the opportunity … we can be individuals but we can be all Canadians."

More than 750 new Canadians have been taking part in similar ceremonies across the country, including a ceremony in Ottawa, which featured Prince William and his wife Kate.

Over the past two years more than 165,000 newcomers have been granted citizenship in Ontario.

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