January 15th, 2016

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal

It is with great pleasure that I join in celebrating January as Tamil Heritage Month.

New Democrats are proud to have worked alongside community to recognize and honour the important contributions that people of Tamil heritage make to our province.

We recognize the extraordinary strength of members of the Tamil community to overcome hardship, struggle for justice, and prosper.

In doing so, setting an example for all Ontarians to support neighbours, care for all members of the community, empower young people and actively engage in the expression of democratic rights.

Ontario is better, and more vibrant, for all these inspiring efforts.

This month includes the important occasion of Thai Pongal, the harvest festival. It is a celebration that brings together friends and family to share in a traditional meal, music and festivities. It is a chance for reflection and to give thanks for good fortune and opportunities to come. 

Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthukkal!

I look forward to continuing to work with members of the Tamil community for a better province, where we all succeed.

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, a happy Thai Pongal to all celebrating and Tamil Heritage Month!