On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to our Indo Canadian community as you celebrate India’s Republic Day.
On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into force, marking the final step in India’s nationhood. With this Constitution, the new nation was built on the democratic ideals of justice, liberty,
equality and fraternity.
For Indo Canadians, it is part of a rich history and heritage from which you draw great pride and inspiration. Today, India is the world’s largest democracy, with a fast-growing economy and increasing
cultural influence. It is also a friend, an ally and a major trading partner of Ontario.
During my 2016 Trade Mission to India, I felt the warm partnership our two jurisdictions enjoy. My visit opened up even more opportunities for co-operation and collaboration. These opportunities are strengthened by the vast web of connections Indo-Canadians in our province have with family, friends and business partners in India.
Our province is proud to be home to over half-a-million Ontarians who trace their roots to India. Through your skills and drive, you have made your mark in all sectors of society and helped strengthen our
economy. You have also reinforced Ontario’s ties with India and helped make us a more vibrant and more globally competitive province.
I offer you my best wishes for a joyful Republic Day.
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