April 14, 2020


OTTAWA, ON –The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Puthandu, the Tamil New Year:

“Today, Canadians of Tamil descent will welcome in the Tamil New Year, Puthandu.

“Also known as Varushu Pirappu, friends and family would normally gather to celebrate over traditional foods, exchange gifts, as well as attend temples, mosques and churches to pray for past and future blessings.

“Canada is proud to be home to a rich and vibrant Tamil community that has contributed to making our country strong. Although celebrations may look different this year due to the current pandemic, we hope that everyone welcoming the New Year will be able to celebrate in an appropriate way and still be able to connect with their loved ones.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my best wishes to all celebrating Puthandu.

“Puthandu Vazthukal!”​​


For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham

(613) 947-9932

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