moved for leave to introduce Bill C-514, An Act to designate the month of April as Punjabi Heritage Month.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a bill to designate the month of April as Punjabi heritage month.
Punjabis have been partners in building Canada for over 100 years. Punjabis have helped strengthen Canada's spirit of giving and generosity through significant contributions in the areas of arts and culture, language, business and sport, among others.
From the beat of the dhol and the festive spirit of baisakhi to the fast-placed sport of kabaddi, and the traditional meal of makki di roti and saag, Punjabis have established growing, vibrant and dynamic forms of cultural expression that are unique to the Punjabi-Canadian experience. New Democrats believe it is time to recognize the contributions of Punjabi Canadians.
The bill would give an opportunity for every Canadian to celebrate the accomplishments and culture of the Punjabi community, and designate every April in Canada as Punjabi heritage month.
I hope all members of the House will support this legislation.
[Member spoke in Punjabi and provided the following translation:]
The recognition of Punjabis, a proud moment for Canada.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)