Canadian Parliament Celebrates Diwali

October 25, 2006

Source: The Hindu

Canada's top political leaders including the Prime Minister converged on Parliament Hill, which houses the country's top legislative body, to celebrate the festival of lights amid much fanfare but without any of the loud fireworks Diwali is associated with in India.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet, leaders of political parties, senators, and other dignitaries including Shyamala B Cowsik, High Commissioner of India to Canada participated in the function organised by The India Canada Association, on Monday night.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister commended the contributions made by Indo-Canadians.

"Fuelled by an unshakeable work ethic and commitment to family and community, Indo-Canadians are helping to build a stronger, and better future for us," Harper said.