As Indo-Canadians across Canada gather to celebrate Independence Day, on behalf of Tom Mulcair and all New Democrats I extend my best wishes to all celebrating.
Over the past 66 years India has become an exceptional example of the importance of self-determination. The independent successes of India has had great impact on Canada.
Since the end of the British Raj in 1947, many Indians have immigrated to Canada and brought with them their values of hard work and determination. Together, we’ve built a collective and shared history as we remember the Komagata Maru tragedy and celebrate the successes of the Indo-Canadian spirit and the pivotal role it has played in Canadian Multiculturalism; these have contributed tremendously to the overall success of Canada.
Canada is a country that was built by pioneers from countries such as India, and that legacy can been seen in the House of Commons today, where I am proudly joined by the Indo-Canadian Members of Parliament and members of the Federal NDP Caucus, Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) and Jinny Sims (Newton North-Delta).
Diversity is one of Canada's great strengths and should be celebrated. The Indo-Canadian community especially in the lower mainland, has enriched our cultural and social landscape.
I am proud to count Indo-Canadians among my neighbours and friends, and today I join you in celebrating Independence Day.
Again, on behalf of all New Democrats and as the NDP International Trade Critic and Multiculturalism Deputy Critic, I extend my very best as you mark 66 years of independence.