photo3 photo7Ottawa: On behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), today announced a new policy on accommodating the Sikh kirpan at Canadian missions abroad.

“Canada’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and freedom of religion is a fundamental Canadian value,” said Minister of State Uppal. “Our government’s new kirpan policy will serve as an example and promote Canadian values around the world.”

“The accommodation of the kirpan at Canadian diplomatic missions around the world is a deeply significant move that shows that the Government of Canada understands and respects the significance of the kirpan to Sikhs,” said Amritpal Singh Shergill, President of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. “Most importantly, this policy reflects the importance Canada places on human rights, including freedom of religion, and sets an example for the rest of world.”