Statement from Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre on Bandi Chhor Divas

October 24, 2022

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Bandi Chhor Divas:

“Today we commemorate Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji for standing up for the freedom and human rights of others at the cost of his own. Despite his wrongful imprisonment, Guru Sahib refused to accept his release unless the other fifty-two political prisoners were also released with him. His determined fight against tyranny and injustice ultimately paid off.

“On Bandi Chhor Divas, Sikhs celebrate the triumphant release of Guru Sahib and the fifty-two others that he ushered to freedom. Together, we admire his inspiring endurance and compassion, and honour the message of hope that he brought to all those suffering oppression.

“Today, as gurdwaras and homes are lit up and filled with the joy of fellowship, I hope all those celebrating are blessed with comfort and peace as you commemorate this incredible heritage.

“On behalf our entire Conservative team, and from my family to yours, Happy Bandi Chhor Divas!”