PM Harper in Brampton to celebrate Diwali with the community
Brampton – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the guest of honour at the National Diwali Celebration, which was attended by Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers from the Greater Toronto Area. Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander was the master of ceremonies. Over 1200 people attended the event.
Deepak Obhrai, M.P. hosted the 14th National Diwali Celebration on October 18th 2014 at the Hindu Sabha Temple in Brampton. The event was organized in association with Hindu Temples and Community Organizations. Consul General of India Akhilesh Mishra was also present along with his wife to wish Happy Diwali to the community.
PM Harper said “Since the first Indian immigrants arrived in Canada more than a century ago, the Indo-Canadian community has grown in size and prominence, and you, India’s sons and daughters, have and continue to make lasting contributions to Canada’s strength and prosperity. Some of these contriutions can be seen, quite literally, all around us.
And I want to thank you as well for the important role you are playing in strengthening relations between Canada and India.The relationship between Canada and India is strong. In fact, it is stronger today than it has been in decades. And that is something that we all – in Canada and India – should be very proud of! And friends, our Government is committed to continuing to enhance our special relationship with India, a rising economic power, and one of the fastest growing regions in our world today.
In our world, and I should add in the Solar System, because just recently, India became the first country ever to put a spacecraft in Mars-orbit on the very first try. So let’s congratulate Prime Minister Modi and India’s space agency on this remarkable accomplishment! Friends, you can be sure that India will remain a key priority of Canada’s international agenda.”
Happy Diwali, everyone!