Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 11, 2015 10:00 ET

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 11, 2015) - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas:

"Today, I join Canada's Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities in recognizing the occasion of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

"Tonight, families and friends take this occasion to reflect on the triumph of good over evil. Known as the Festival of Lights to many, Diwali is also a celebration of the power of higher knowledge and light to dispel ignorance.

"This holiday, which stands as an example of Canadian diversity, gives us the occasion to reflect on the important contributions of all our citizens. Diwali highlights our shared values of respect and inclusion, and our commitment to freedom and equality. It is a reminder that Canada is a nation made stronger not in spite of our differences, but because of them.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish a very happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas to all those observing these holidays with their family and loved ones."

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