OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today to mark the Jewish holiday Shavuot:
“It is with great respect that I send greetings to everyone across the country celebrating Shavuot today.
“It is a time for the Jewish community here in Canada and around the world to commemorate the day God gave the Torah and the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. Coming 50 days after Pesah, Shavuot is also a harvest festival, and a day for giving thanks.
“In Canada, we see the wisdom of the Ten Commandments not just in the roots of our legal and moral system, but also in the most deeply held Canadian values of fairness, integrity and respect. And as a country that provides so much of its agricultural production to the world we know the importance of giving thanks for this bounty and we are truly pleased to share it.
“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus I would like to wish you a joyous Shavuot as you gather to take part in the many traditions that are part of this festival.”