VANCOUVER - BC Liberal Leadership candidate Andrew Wilkinson issued the following statement to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru:
"Today Sikhs in British Columbia and around the world gather to honour the founder of the religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, by celebrating the anniversary of his birth in 1469.
"One of the most important observances in Sikhism, marked by both festivity and prayer, Guru Nanak Gurpurab is a time to celebrate the growth of Sikhism into one of the world's largest religions - one that teaches important values of equality, hard work and compassion.
"This sacred occasion provides all British Columbians with an opportunity to reflect on the central role of vibrant Sikh communities across our province in helping to build a successful, multicultural society.
"My very best wishes to everyone celebrating Guru Nanak Gurpurab!"