Statement by Ontario PC Interim Leader Jim Wilson Recognizing Republic Day of India
On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus it gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest wishes to the Ontario Indian community and people of Indian descent around the world who are celebrating the sixty-sixth Republic Day of India.
This day marks one of the most important and defining moments in Indian history. On January 26, 1950, India’s constitution came into force, completing the country’s transition towards full independence from Great Britain. Sixty-six years later, this cherished document has safeguarded values of justice, liberty and equality for all citizens.
Republic Day represents the true spirit of an independent India. It is celebrated by parades, patriotic songs, and exhibitions – all highlighting the cultural unity of India.
I am proud to say that Ontario is home to many residents of Indian descent, having settled mainly in Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto. On this special occasion, it is an honour for me to recognize the many contributions of the Indian community to our province. You have brought with you a genuine appreciation for our shared respect for democracy, the rule of law and individual freedom. Your presence has contributed and continues to contribute greatly to Ontario’s growth and prosperity, and I want to thank you for that.
I send my best wishes for a Happy Republic Day to everyone celebrating the day here in Ontario and in Canada.