Sikhs happy in Canada, won’t raise any issue with Trudeau: SGPC

By 18th February 2018 0 Comments

Asserting that Sikhs are happy in Canada, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday said they will not raise any community-related issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Amritsar on February 21.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal, who chaired a special meeting of senior office-bearers and officials, said they have no plan to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Canadian PM. On previous occasions, the SGPC used to give memorandums to dignitaries on their visits to the Golden Temple.

“First, it is not fair to give a memorandum to someone who comes to Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) to pay obeisance. People themselves visit the shrine with their demands,” said Roop Singh, chief secretary of the SGPC, giving rationale behind the decision.

“Second, Sikhs living in Canada are happy in every respect. The country is already honouring the Sikhs in a big way. The fact that Canada has four Sikh ministers reflects that,” he said.

He said, “The fundamental rights of the Sikhs are protected by the Canadian government. There are several gurdwaras in Canada. Besides, Punjabi is a well recognised language there and conditions are favourable for promoting Punjabi culture as well. If the Sikhs do not face any problem there, there is no question of raising any demand with him.”

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