Photos: Politicians at the Vancouver Vaisakhi parade
At last year's Vaisakhi parade, you didn't have to go very far before you would bump into someone who was on city council.
But at today's event—in a nonelection year—there were not as many municipal politicians in sight. I spotted Vision Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie, a perennial attendee, as well as Burnaby councillor Sav Dhaliwal.
Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer has informed me that she and fellow councillor Tony Tang were also there, as was Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper showed up at last year's Vancouver Vaisakhi parade, which fell in the middle of a federal election campaign.
This time, he was nowhere to be seen.
There was no shortage of federal and provincial politicians, as demonstrated by the photos below. One noticeable absence on the stage at the end of the parade, however, was Kash Heed, the B.C. Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview. His constituency includes the Ross Street Sikh Temple.
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