Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:52 PM EDT
By Randall Palmer
OTTAWA (Reuters) - For the first time, the prime minister of Canada will meet the Dalai Lama in a public fashion at an official venue next week, despite Chinese warnings that it could hurt bilateral relations.
The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday he would meet the Tibetan religious leader in Harper's suite in Parliament on Monday afternoon and would allow photographers to record the event.
Harper's predecessor Paul Martin met the Dalai Lama in 2004, but only privately at the home of the Roman Catholic archbishop in Ottawa.
"It is a major step forward," said Dermod Travis, executive director of the Canada-Tibet Committee.
(From Reuters Canada.)
"But I'm very libertarian in the sense that I believe in small government and, as a general rule, I don't believe in imposing values upon people."
-- Stephen Harper
(As quoted on BrainyQuotes.com.)
(Image from the Office of the Prime Minister.)