Ottawa, Ontario

March 10, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Purim:
“Tomorrow at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will join together to celebrate Purim.
“Purim is a joyous holiday where loved ones wear costumes, exchange gifts, give to charity, and partake in traditional feasts.
“During this time, friends and family will come together to read the Megillah, which tells the story of how Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai saved the Jewish people from persecution in ancient Persia.
“We honour this celebration of triumph over persecution and oppression as both a testament to the resilience, bravery, and joy of the Jewish people, and as a reaffirmation of our responsibility to stand against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and prejudice. The government denounces recent acts of anti-Semitism, and other acts of religious intolerance, in the strongest terms. We cannot – and will not – tolerate any expressions of hatred and discrimination in our communities.
“On behalf of all Canadians and our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyous Purim.
“Chag Purim Sameach!”

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