Several Canadian MPs have extended their Pongal wishes to the Tamil community in Canada.
Minister Jason Kennedy, the leader of the opposition Tom Mulcair, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak were amongst those who sent their wishes.
See below for statements and extracts.
Leader of the NDP Tom Mulcair
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kennedy
“This day of gratitude is celebrated by all those in the Tamil community around the world in the company of friends and family. For all Canadians, Thai Pongal provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions that Canada’s Tamil community has made to our country’s rich and diverse heritage. I offer my best wishes to all those celebrating Thai Pongal.”
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak
“Many of our friends in the Tamil-Canadian community will gather with loved ones this week to observe the festival, which traditionally gives thanks for a plentiful harvest.
“Whether you celebrate in your home or at temple, this is a time to look forward to new beginnings and what this year has to offer.
“In Ontario, it’s also an opportunity for us to recognize the numerous achievements of our Tamil-Canadian community.
“You are outstanding leaders, whether in business, the public service or the community. You’ve set up successful companies, creating jobs for countless people. You’re raising families and giving back to the community – teaching younger generations how to be exceptional citizens.
“Given the hardships that so many Tamil-Canadians faced just to come to our country, these truly are achievements for which we should give thanks.
NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan
"I extend my warmest Pongal greetings to all Canadians of Tamil heritage who are celebrating the birth of the month of Thai with their families and friends. As the Tamil saying goes: “When Thai is born, new beginnings are born.”
"On behalf of the entire New Democrat caucus, I wish everyone celebrating Thai Pongal a joyful harvest festival.
Liberal leader Bob Rae
“With its long and cherished traditions, Thai Pongal is an occasion to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of Tamil Canadians across the country. The achievements and deep commitment to community by generations of Tamils here in Canada continue to enliven the cultural diversity of our great country.
"On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, allow me to extend my warmest Pongal wishes to everyone for a wonderful Thanksgiving.”