John Horgan, Leader of B.C. New Democrats, made the following statement on the occasion of Diwali, Festival of Lights:
“As British Columbians of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist faiths and backgrounds celebrate Diwali, the B.C. New Democrats wish you a very happy holiday season. Diwali is a period of renewal, an occasion to recognize and reflect on the good fortunes of the year, and to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
New Democrat multiculturalism spokesperson MLA Bruce Ralston (Surrey- Whalley) also said,
“At this special time, families pause from their busy schedules to light lanterns and celebrate together. As you celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil, may you be filled with hope and inner strength for the year ahead.
“On behalf of New Democrats across British Columbia, I wish all those celebrating this wondrous Diwali, Deepavali and Bandi Chhor Divas festival good health, prosperity and peace.”