OCTOBER 27, 2019


Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today released the following statement on Bandi Chhor Divas:

“Today, Sikhs across Canada and around the world will be celebrating Bandi Chhor Divas.  

“Bandi Chhor Divas marks a significant moment in Sikh history – the day when the sixth Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, freed 52 prisoners imprisoned by the Mughal Emperor and returned triumphantly to Amritsar. This historic event is symbolic and demonstrative of the role that Sikhs have and continue to play in protecting and serving the community.

“The Sikh faith is known for promoting the values of prayer, selfless service to others, and honest living. Today, in celebration of these virtues, Sikhs will be lighting divas, singing songs of praise and attending prayers at Gurdwaras across the country.  

“As divas and fireworks light up the night, all Canadians can reflect today on the freedoms and blessings that make Canada the great country that it is while praying for a brighter and more prosperous future. 

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I wish to extend my best wishes to all Sikhs celebrating Bandi Chhor Divas!”