(Photo of PM Justin Trudeau at Thai Pongal 2019)
Canadian parliamentarians, including their Prime Minister, have wished the Tamil community in Canada and worldwide a happy new year and thanked them for their contribution.
In Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement he stated:
“Today is also a day to recognize and honour the many contributions Tamil communities continue to make throughout Canada. Whether keeping Canadians safe and healthy by working on the front lines of the pandemic, or helping their neighbours and communities through difficult times, Tamil Canadians make our country a better place to call home every day”.
Getting together, enjoying traditional food, exchanging thoughtful gifts, and visiting places of worship - that’s what Puthandu usually looks like. It won’t be quite the same this year, but to all Tamils celebrating, I’m wishing you a happy New Year! https://t.co/MoneY2Us7K
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 14, 2021
Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, celebrated the New Year stating on Twitter:
Wishing everyone celebrating #Puthandu in Canada and around the world a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!
Iniya Puthandu Nal Vazhthukkal! https://t.co/Lj8KB8L4Ik
— Gary Anandasangaree (@gary_srp) April 14, 2021
Leader of Ontario's opposition, Andrea Horwath, celebrated on Twitter stating:
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) April 14, 2021
Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, similarly celebrated the New Year wishing Tamils "health and prosperity".
Happy Tamil New Year to Toronto’s Tamil community!
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 14, 2021
Mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown, wished Tamils a happy New Year on Twitter stating:
Iniya Puthandu Nal Vazhthukkal! pic.twitter.com/fH7U1C4vME
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) April 14, 2021
Gurratan Singh wished the Tamil community a happy New Year stating:
Wishing a very happy #TamilNewYear to the Tamil community in Canada and around the world! Enjoy the festivities safely – and I wish a very bright year to come for you and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/vl1xTbA6F2
— Gurratan Singh (@GurratanSingh) April 14, 2021
Salma Zahid, MP Scarborough Centre, celebrated the New Year expressing pride in the Tamil community stating:
Scarborough is home to a large and proud Tamil community, and I would like to share my warmest greetings as they celebrate Puthandu. I will miss joining your celebrations this year, and enjoying the beautiful kolams and kuthuvillaku. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead! pic.twitter.com/W5qvBenPWS
— Salma Zahid (@SalmaZahid15) April 14, 2021
Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill, celebrated the New Year stating on Twitter:
Wishing everyone celebrating "Chithirai Puthandu" in Ontario and around the world. May this year turn around and bring good health, happiness to all. pic.twitter.com/mkr1newE5x
— Logan Kanapathi (@LoganKanapathi) April 14, 2021