Justin Trudeau Attends Tamil Fest in Toronto
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 26 attended a Tamil event in Toronto, which is said to be the largest street festival of its kind outside the Indian subcontinent. The event was attended by over 350,000 Tamil-Canadians, according to the organisers.
Recognising Contributions and Differences
The festival featured over 300 performances and 20 different food vendors.
At the event, Trudeau acknowledged and appreciated the community for its contribution to Canada and said that cultural differences are among the country’s greatest strengths, reported The Star. Trudeau also tasted Tamil cuisine and met some people.
The festival also included a mobile museum exhibit that allowed attendees to learn more about the Tamil-Canadian story, which began in the 1960s.
“There’s nothing quite like Tamil fest in Scarborough,” posted Trudeau on his Facebook page.
“It’s an honour to be back at #Tamilfest, this time as Prime Minister,” he posted on Twitter.
Mayor John Tory Accompanies Trudeau
At the fest, Trudeau was accompanied by other politicians, including John Tory, the Mayor of Toronto. The PM also acknowledged the continued instability in Sri Lanka and said Canada is committed to helping find a solution.
Kiruthika Thayaparan, the festival’s entertainment co-ordinator, said the festival was “our way to showcase our identity,” reported Tamil Guardian.
Last year’s Tamil Fest attracted over 175,000 people, becoming Scarborough’s largest ever street festival.
The Tamil-Canadian community is said to be one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, consisting of successful professionals and entrepreneurs who nurture a thriving arts and cultural scene.