Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and thousands in Toronto today in celebrating the 39th annual Khalsa Day Parade.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory joined thousands in Toronto today in celebrating the 39th annual Khalsa Day Parade.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, lauding the contributions of the community, told thousands of Indo-Canadian Sikhs celebrating Khalsa Day April 30, that the country’s strength lay in its diversity.The poor weather didn’t dampen the turn out. “We were not expecting the turnout,” Dr. Parminder Singh, a director on the council that organized the event told CBC Toronto. “Essentially all of the Sikhs in Ontario are gathering here today.” Khalsa Day Thousands took part in the 39th annual Khalsa Day Parade on Sunday. The event marks the Sikh new year, the Khalsa order of Sikhism and the end of Sikh heritage month. (Martin Trainor/CBC) In addition to appearing at the event, the prime minister also spoke to the revellers and celebrated diversity in Canada “This is just a wonderful time to celebrate the fact that Canada is a country that is strong not in spite of our differences but because of our differences,” Prime Minister Trudeau said. The mayor also built on the theme of diversity when he spoke to the crowd. “The city embraces and celebrates what is good in every faith and every culture,” Tory said. “Diversity has helped build a society that is as harmonious as it is diverse.”

On a cold and windy day, Nathan Philips Square, which houses City Hall, was transformed into a sea of colorful turbans and traditional Indian salwar-kameezes, when thousands of Sikh families gathered to see cultural programs and performances. At the same time, a mile-long parade walked 3 kilometers to come and join those already gathered in front of City Hall to swell crowds to more than 60,000 despite the weather.

 

“Canada is strong not despite its differences, but because of them,” Prime Minister Trudeau told the crowd which was still gathering. He has joked in the past that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

Numerous stalls served langar around the square, prepared by families and served by children and adults, to the Sikhs and curious non-Sikhs.

The poor weather didn’t dampen the turn out. “We were not expecting the turnout,” Dr. Parminder Singh, a director on the council that organized the event told CBC Toronto. “Essentially all of the Sikhs in Ontario are gathering here today.” Khalsa Day Thousands took part in the 39th annual Khalsa Day Parade on Sunday. The event marks the Sikh new year, the Khalsa order of Sikhism and the end of Sikh heritage month. (Martin Trainor/CBC) In addition to appearing at the event, the prime minister also spoke to the revellers and celebrated diversity in Canada “This is just a wonderful time to celebrate the fact that Canada is a country that is strong not in spite of our differences but because of our differences,” Prime Minister Trudeau said. The mayor also built on the theme of diversity when he spoke to the crowd. “The city embraces and celebrates what is good in every faith and every culture,” Tory said. “Diversity has helped build a society that is as harmonious as it is diverse.”

 




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