January 14th, 2019
NDP statement on Thai Pongal
Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement:
“Today, Tamils in Canada and around the world will come together to celebrate Thai Pongal.
Thai Pongal is an important celebration for the Tamil community, marking the end of the harvesting season and the beginning of the new year. Also known as the Monsoon festival, this celebration brings families and friends together to give thanks for past and future good fortune.
In Canada, Thai Pongal coincides with the Tamil Heritage Month - an occasion to remember the richness of the Tamil culture, and its contributions to a stronger and more diverse Canada.
On this day, let’s be reminded of our shared values of social justice and re-commit to working with all Canadians for a more peaceful, fair and just world for everyone.
On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to send my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Thai Pongal.
Thai piranthaal vazhi pirakkum”