Surrey: New Democrat multiculturalism critic and MLA for

Surrey-Whalley Bruce Ralston issued the following statement

celebrating Vaisakhi on behalf of the B.C. New Democrats:


“We wish British Columbians from all communities a happy

Vaisakhi celebration. Vaisakhi celebrates the strong values at the

core of the Sikh community’s many positive contributions to

Canadian society.


“British Columbia is the proud home of one of the largest Sikh

populations to be found anywhere on the globe. Since they arrived

over one hundred years ago as early settlers and pioneers, Sikhs

have succeeded in every field of endeavour, from business to

science, from the arts to politics. New and older immigrants

continue to find economic opportunity, religious freedom, social

acceptance and call this province home.


“I hope everyone will join to experience together the generosity

of the Sikh community in British Columbia. On behalf of the

B.C. New Democrats we wish everyone a happy and prosperous