MONTREAL (NEWS): Even as they were busy thrashing out political strategies, over 2,000 delegates gathered in Montreal for the NDP Policy convention last week took time off to celebrate Vaisakhi – the festival that marks the birth of the Khalsa in Sikhism.
In fact, many young Punjabi women delegates representing many regions of Canada took to stage to perform the traditional Giddha.
The audience gave the dancers a standing ovation,as they unleashed a high-voltage Giddha performance against the backdrop of a huge sign `Happy Vaisakhi’ in English and French.
“The young women that performed were a truly exemplary of Canadian diversity, something all New Democrats are so proud to celebrate,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism critic Jinny Sims who represents Newton-North Delta in the House of Commons.
Herself a Punjabi, Jinny Sims was attired in the traditional salwar-kameez when she came on stage to introduce the dancers.
“Punjabis have lived in Canada for over a hundred years—helping to shape a shared history, grow our economy and strengthen Canadian society. New Democrats celebrate this with great joy,” Sims said.
Deputy Heritage Critic and GTA Caucus Chair, Andrew Cash (Davenport) said, “This is a wonderful illustration of a strengthening and natural partnership between the NDP and Canada’s Punjabi community.”
Of course, NDP boss Tom Mulcair was there to cheer the performers.