Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Multiculturalism Profiles: Uganda - Mike Mehta

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Multiculturalism Profiles: Uganda - Mike Mehta

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Multiculturalism profiles: Uganda - Mike Mehta

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OTTAWA - Mike Mehta, 67, left Uganda because he had to, but he says he chose Canada as the place to begin his new life.

"It scared the hell out of me the first time I saw that much snow here, but that didn't stop me," Mehta says from his home in Kitchener, Ont.

He had lived through more frightening things than snow.

On August 4, 1972, Idi Amin, who was then president of Uganda, ordered 80,000 people of Asian origin out of the country.

Others in his family headed to India, where his parents had been born, while some relatives went to England.

Mehta says he knew nothing about Canada except that its prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was accepting refugees and treating them well.

There were 6,000 Ugandan Asians brought to Canada -- the first time the country took part in a large-scale resettlement effort involving non-European refugees. …

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