“On this day, Laureen and I offer our warmest wishes to the entire Sikh community in Canada and around the world as they celebrate Vaisakhi.
“Vaisakhi is one of the most important observances of the year for Sikhs. It commemorates the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It also marks the beginning of a new year in many parts of India and around the world. For many, it is a time to gather at gurdwaras to pray, read from the sacred scripture and meditate, as well as celebrate with family and friends at vibrant parades and processions.
“Canada is home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside of India. Today, we reflect on the many contributions of the Sikh community in all areas of endeavour.
“Once again, on behalf of all Canadians, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating Vaisakhi in Canada and around the world.”
OFFICIAL Opposition leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement:
“On behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada, I would like to wish all those celebrating across the nation a very happy Vaisakhi.
“This year marks the 315th anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the mother of the Khalsa Mata Sahib Kaur Ji.
“The Khalsa’s commitment to justice and equality are values cherished by the NDP.
“As many Canadians gather to celebrate throughout this month, New Democrats join you in renewing our commitments to the principles Kirt Karna, Vand Shukna and Seva.
“Once again, from our NDP family to yours, have a wonderful Vaisakhi!
“Subh Noo Vaisakhi Dee Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyee Hove Ji.”
PREMIER Christy Clark issued the following statement:
“Over the coming days, many thousands of British Columbians will join with millions of people around the world in celebration of the holiest day of the Sikh calendar.
“Vaisakhi is an important reminder of the proud and enduring Sikh culture. For over a century, your contributions to British Columbia have enriched us all. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to grow our economy and strengthen our communities.
“I am proud that British Columbia is home to the largest Vaisakhi celebration in North America. I encourage all British Columbians to take part in local celebrations.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I wish you prosperity, health and happiness as you celebrate with your friends, family and community, and for the coming year.
“Lakh Lakh Vadhai.”