PREMIER John Horgan released the following statement in honour of Vaisakhi on Saturday, April 14:
“ON behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I wish everyone who is celebrating, a happy Vaisakhi.
“Vaisakhi is the holiest celebration in the Sikh faith, and honours the Sikh values of tolerance and generosity, peace, equality and justice.
“As we gather to honour the most important date in the Sikh calendar, we pay tribute to the many contributions of the Sikh community to British Columbia.
“For more than 100 years, B.C. has been home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside of India. Our history has been shaped in part by Sikh people in B.C., and our lives are enriched by the inclusive, multicultural society we are so lucky to live in. British Columbia is a better place because of it.
“Our government will continue to champion the values of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect. And we will work to make life better for every person, in every community.
“Vaisakhi is celebrated widely in communities around the world, and I hope everyone will join together and experience the generosity of the Sikh community as we celebrate a happy and prosperous Vaisakhi.
“Vaisakhi Diyan Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyan!”