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QUEEN’S PARK, Toronto, Canada (December 10, 2013)—Bramalea-Gore-Malton NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh’s Private Member’s Bill entitled Sikh Heritage Month passed third reading in the legislature today. Bill 52 proclaims the month of April every year as Sikh Heritage Month.

“Sikh Canadians have made significant contributions to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric,” said Singh.

April is an important month for the Sikh community. In this month, Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi, which marks the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith. Sikh Canadians widely celebrate Vaisakhi, also known as Khalsa Day, across Ontario.

“Celebrating diversity and unique values of the Sikhs reminds us to celebrate the diversity and unique values of all the diverse communities that make up the religious and cultural mosaic of Ontario and Canada,” Singh continued.

“It brings me great pleasure to announce the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month. This will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Sikh Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.”