The following message regarding reports of racial discrimination against Chinese students in Saint John was released today by Education Minister Madeleine DubÃ©:
“Like most New Brunswickers, I was concerned over reports of Chinese students in Saint John being subjected to racial discrimination. I am utterly dismayed such unacceptable events have occurred.
“There is no place in a civil society for these types of actions. An attack on any individual in our province is an attack on all of us.
“Every year, a growing number of students from around the world, many from Asia, come to New Brunswick to attend university and our public schools. The presence of international students at our schools and in our communities has the potential for expanding the horizons of every student and citizen. Our international students enrich all of us by sharing themselves – their perspectives, their cultures, their ideas – with us.
“On behalf of New Brunswick citizens, I would like to convey our deepest regret that such incidents of racial discrimination should occur within our province. I am confident I speak for all New Brunswickers who see such acts as appalling.
“I encourage everyone to show support for our friends and neighbours in all our international communities within New Brunswick.”