Ottawa (Ontario) – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Sikh Heritage Month:

“In April, Canada celebrates Sikh Heritage Month – a time to recognize and learn about the incredible contributions that Sikhs have made to our country. From the early days of the 20th century, Sikhs have been making their way to Canada, bringing with them a wealth of history, culture and traditions that have enriched our land and made our country a more vibrant and inviting place.

“As they left the Land of the Five Rivers, travelling to Canadian shores to build new lives for themselves and their children, Sikhs brought to Canada the values at the heart of their faith – love, compassion, charity, and faithfulness. Many came with very little money or possessions. But as Sikhs have built what are now deep roots in Canada over many generations, these values have never faded and have sustained generations of future Sikh Canadians.

“Today, with nearly 800,000 Sikhs calling Canada their home, our country is proud to boast the largest Sikh diaspora population anywhere in the world. Sikhs have excelled in every sector and industry across our country and have made immense contributions to Canada’s growth as a nation. For the past 120 years, their gurdwaras have become beacons of light within their communities, offering a helping hand and hope to the downtrodden.

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I’d like to extend my best wishes to the Sikh community as they prepare for the celebration of Vaisakhi later this month and offer my deepest thanks to Sikhs for their incredible contributions to our country. I encourage all Canadians to learn about the incredible history and heritage of Sikhism.”