Statement By NDP MP On Armed Robbery At Hindu Temple

I was saddened to learn this morning of an armed robbery at a local Hindu temple–Sri Varasithi Vinayagar Temple in Scarborough.

I unequivocally condemn such heinous acts of violence at a place of worship.

This temple is a very special place for my family and thousands of others in the local Hindu community. The people of Scarborough have the right to live safely and without fear – in their homes, at their workplaces, and their places of worship.

Scarborough is a shining example of Canada’s diversity, where faith based organizations and temples are institutions of peace that celebrate Canadian multiculturalism. Attacks on such institutions should not be taken lightly.

I urge anyone with information to contact the police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at