Premier Christy Clark released the following statement in celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights:
"On behalf of the government of British Columbia, I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali.
"Diwali begins this year on October 26 and will be celebrated all across B.C., bringing families, friends, neighbours and communities together to share the things we value most in life - harmony, peace and understanding.
"For many cultures the New Year represents an opportunity for new beginnings and Diwali is no exception, reminding us of how fortunate we are to live in a province that values multiculturalism and diversity.
"It's a time to look forward with excitement and hope to a whole new year of opportunity, and a time to reflect on how we can create a better future.
"As we acknowledge our diverse ethnic and cultural heritage, we must remember that it is much more than just an asset, it represents who we are, a province of diversity, a province of opportunity where people can live, work and build their lives, where inclusiveness, mutual respect and co-operation bring together people of many faiths.
"So let us continue to work together to encourage and promote mutual understanding and acceptance, as we build a caring and generous society that values and respects all British Columbians.
"Diwali Mubarak! A Happy Diwali to everyone."
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