| Canada | 11 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
“Khalsa Panth’s ideals are shared by the Liberal Party, and indeed, by all Canadians,” says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau in a Vaisakhi greetings release via Youtube.
The video, already finding its way into Sikh homes globally, is another ‘Sikh act’ by the young Canadian leader who stormed into office with a fairly fairly mixed line-up, including a number of Sikhs.
In an interaction with students in the United States after meeting President Barrack Obama in March 2016, for example, Trudeau had jokingly told them: “I have more Sikhs in my cabinet than Modi does.”
Starting the address with ‘Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh’, he speaks in English and French in the 67-second video.
He begins by statting that Sikhs will be commemorating Guru Gobind’s Singh creation of the Khalsa Panth.
“Khalsa Panth’s ideals are shared by the Liberal Party, and indeed, by all Canadians – ideals of fairness, respect and equality for all regardless of race, creed, religion, or gender.
“I have travelled all corners of this country and seen first hand how our Sikhs Canadian community embraces these values. They are an integral part of our national fabric,” he says.
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