“The tragic events of 1984 led to the displacement of countless Sikh families—many of whom resettled here to begin new lives as part of the Canadian family.
“We are fortunate to live in a province and nation that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
“Our 200,000-strong Sikh community reflects the values that we cherish in Ontario—tolerance, equality, and diversity.
“Since before Confederation, Sikh Canadians have been making significant contributions to our culture and development, and inspire all of us with their historical triumphs over adversity and prejudice.
“Ontarians of Sikh descent have fought courageously in times of war. They have helped foster reconciliation in times of peace. They represent a remarkable success story, and reflect the truth that opportunity exists for people of all walks of life in Ontario.
“We must always stand up against injustice, and use our collective voice to speak out against the violation of international human rights.
“Together, all of us can work to ensure that the values we champion—freedom, democracy, and respect for the dignity of all people—are what unite Ontarians of all backgrounds.”