Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather has made his mark early on in Parliament by co-chairing the annual candle lighting for Chanukah along with York Centre MP Michael Levitt.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lights the Chanukah Menorah in Parliament as MPs Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather look on

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lights the Chanukah Menorah in Parliament as MPs Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather look on

Unlike in previous years, Housefather invited leaders from all streams of Judaism as well as from other religion to participate. In addition, MPs from all parties participated in the event which was held last Wednesday night on the fourth night of Chanukah.

Prime Minister Trudeau, a strong supporter of the Jewish community and Israel spoke about the spirit of inclusiveness and respect. “We all come together to celebrate the light that unites as all,” Trudeau said to a gathering that included several invited guests from Cote Saint-Luc including former MP Irwin Cotler, Councillor Mitchell Brownstein and his wife Elaine and Mitch and Jordana Kujavsky.

Elaine Yagod-Brownstein smiles under the towering Prime Minister at the Chanukah celebration in Parliament

Elaine Yagod-Brownstein smiles under the towering Prime Minister at the Chanukah celebration in Parliament

“All Canadians are friends of Israel and all parties support Israel, and going forward we will continue to stand steadfast to our friends and allies around the world,” the PM said. “Happy Chanukah. Chag Sameach,” Trudeau.