Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

“I want to extend greetings and best wishes to all those celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh religion and an ambassador of peace and unity for human beings around the world.

“Today is an opportunity to honour an individual who promoted the principles of equality for all people, the value of service to your community and the merits of living an honest life – ideals shared by all British Columbians.

“As we commemorate the birth of the founder of Sikhism, we also celebrate our province’s rich cultural diversity, one that welcomes new ideas, accepts old traditions and contributes to all of our success.

“By celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, we preserve the culture and heritage of others, enrich our lives in the process and expand our understanding of what it is to be human.

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I congratulate all those celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”