Friends, one of the great joys of my job as a Parliamentarian is the ability to introduce bills on important issues. One such topic is the establishment of a Hindu Heritage Month here in Canada, in recognition of the contributions of Hindu-Canadians to the social fabric and economic growth of our great country.
Today I introduced this bill, which received the number C-416, and it passed First Reading (bills in the House of Commons must pass three readings in total, before moving on to the Senate). The Bill would establish the month of October of every year as Hindu Heritage Month. It has no financial or economic implications, merely symbolic.
Hindu Canadians are known to celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Navratri, and Durga Puja. Diwali specifically has been celebrated on Parliament Hill under my auspice since 1998. Ours in Ottawa was the first Diwali celebration to take place in a national legislature in a Western democracy, long before the British and others started this tradition, and I am proud to have been its initiator here in Canada.
Give the bill a read and if you have any questions, leave me a note or send me an email!