Montreal (April 7, 2014): The World Sikh Organization of Canada offers its congratulations to the Parti libéral du Québec for its resounding win in tonight’s provincial election.
The result affirms what Sikhs living in Quebec have always believed, that the people of Quebec are fair minded and share their vision of an inclusive society which respects people of all faiths and backgrounds.
WSO Quebec Vice President Mukhbir Singh said, “The Sikh community in Quebec and across Canada would like to thank the people of Quebec for unequivocally voicing their support for an inclusive and respectful vision of Quebec society. Today’s result is a rejection of the politics of division. Quebeckers want to focus on the real issues such as the economy and building a stronger Quebec. The strategy of trying to divert attention from these real issues by targeting minorities has resoundingly been thwarted.”
WSO President Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said, “tonight’s result is a testament to the fair-minded people of Quebec who have sent a strong message that they will not tolerate the exclusion and marginalization of minorities in Quebec society. We wish Phillipe Couillard all the best as he becomes the next Premier of Quebec and encourage him to continue on the path of building a welcoming and tolerant society. In addition, we would note that the Parti Quebecois has a history of openness and inclusiveness and we would encourage them to return to those roots.”
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status. The WSO recently appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada to make arguments in the Loyola High School appeal about religious rights and secularism in Quebec.