“Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights. It’s a beautiful and hopeful moment in the calendar of so many people of South Asian origin who have made Alberta and Canada their home.

“They brought with them this beautiful tradition of lighting up their homes, of giving out sweets to their family and friends, of celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and hope over despair.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone of the Indo-Canadian community in Alberta who have brought with you such beautiful traditions, and also your incredible work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to fuel Alberta’s prosperity.

“I wish you and your families a truly joyful celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.”