Ottawa, December 20, 2011 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement in celebration of Chanukah:
“In homes across the country, friends and families will gather together today at sundown to light candles in celebration of the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
“The eight-day holiday commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the triumph of the Jewish faithful, led by the Maccabee family, in their fight against a foreign oppression more than two thousand years ago. Their victory still resonates today as a great triumph of religious freedom over subjugation, and – as signified by the lighting of the Menorah – of light over darkness.
“Chanukah is a joyous time of family gatherings, gift giving, traditional ceremonies, and the enjoyment of holiday songs, food and children’s games. For all Canadians, the holiday represents an opportunity to reflect on the exceptional contribution of the Jewish community to our country.
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I wish a happy Chanukah –Chanukah Sameach – to all those celebrating in Canada and around the world.”