Canada stands ready to deepen its partnership with India to advance common interests of international trade and economic development, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
Harper in his statement to congratulate India on the 60 aniversary of its Independence said, "India's independence in 1947 has been an inspiration to the world. Using its great diversity to its own advantage, India has evolved into a vibrant democracy."
"India is rising to global prominence and Canada stands ready to deepen our partnership with India to advance our common interests and to promote new opportunities for economic development and international trade for the benefit of both our peoples," he said.
"As Indo-Canadians, you can take great pride in the contributions the members of your community have made to the social, economic and political fabric of our great nation," he said.
Meanwhile, thousands of tricolour waving Indo-Canadians participated in a parade for the first time in down-town Toronto to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India's independence.
Freedom fighter Harcharan Singh on Sunday flagged off the grand parade representing various Indian states. A number of cultural programmes were also organised to mark the occasion.
Several dignitaries from Ontario government and Consul General of India Satish Mehta attended the function organised by Panorama India with the support of the Consulate General of India.