NDP slams Liberals for recognizing Sikh Heritage Month just before election after 16 years in power

Jagrup Brar

THE NDP pointed out on Saturday that after 16 years in power, and just days before the start of an election, Premier Christy Clark finally got around to recognizing Sikh Heritage Month.

The NDP said that the timing suggests this may simply be electioneering and not a serious and sincere step of recognition. NDP Leader John Horgan and the BC NDP support the designation, but know that much more must be done.

It also noted: “Christy Clark and her Liberals have blocked all efforts by John Horgan and the BC NDP to restore the BC Human Rights Commission. The Commission was removed by Christy Clark’s Liberals, making BC the only province in Canada without this agency.”

Jagrup Brar, former MLA and NDP candidate in Surrey-Fleetwood said: “John Horgan and the BC NDP have been long time supporters of our community. We know that recognition of cultural heritage must also be backed by strong human rights actions. Christy Clark’s last-minute photo ops are not enough.

“The BC NDP will take meaningful action. We will recognize Sikh Heritage Month, we will restore the Human Rights Commission, and we will take action on other issues that impact our community, like getting our kids out of portables, creating good jobs, and making life more affordable.”