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Canada Receives Franklin Deleano Roosevelt Award

At a ceremony held at the United Nations on March 2, 1998, Prime Minister Jean Chretien received the Franklin Deleano Roosevelt International Disability Award. In his acceptance remarks, the Prime Minister credited Canada's success to a partnership between government and groups serving and representing people with disabilities.

The $50,000 award will be given to the National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS). NEADS will use it for programs to help disabled students make the transition to the work force. Mr. Chretien also mentioned his role as justice minister in including protection against discrimination on the basis of mental or physical disability in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He expressed the hope that Canada would be back at the UN five years from now accepting another FDR award.