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 Diwali:

“Today marks the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which will be celebrated across Canada and around the world by Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist communities.

The festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over spiritual darkness and is an occasion for rebirth and rejuvenation for the faithful. Over the next five days, observers will celebrate through a deep reflection on good overcoming evil.

Homes across the country will be embellished with colourful garlands and light displays. Families and friends will prepare for meals with relatives while also visiting neighbours and friends with sweets to share in the joys of the festival.

Canada is truly blessed to be home to a vibrant and civically engaged South Asian community that contributes so much to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. We are reminded today to be thankful for our blessings and to focus on our shared commitment for a prosperous year ahead.

On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating for a joyous and illuminating Diwali!”