Hanukkah Statement by the Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jewish community on the occasion of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Hanukkah has marked the celebration of religious freedom for over 2,000 years.
The celebration of Hanukkah is a symbol of defiance against religious oppression. The spirit of the holiday exemplifies Canadian values, especially the freedom to worship.
Canada is a proud multicultural nation that embraces a wide variety of cultures and heritages. Canadians of innumerable heritages help to foster this identity and strengthen the fabric of our society. Members of the many Diasporas in Canada have made, and continue to make, significant contributions in a number of areas including business, the arts, medicine and public service.
Canada continues to attract people from all over the world. We will continue to work together to build our nation and enhance our international reputation.
Happy Hanukkah. Chag Sameach.