The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, on December 18, 2022, released the following statement on Hanukkah:
“Over the next 8 days, Jewish families in Canada will gather around to celebrate the victorious Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid King Antiochus IV – an oppressor who forbid Jews from practicing their faith and sought to completely extinguish Jewish heritage and culture altogether.
“Judah and his small group of Maccabean rebels were fighting for their freedom and autonomy. For their very right to be Jewish. Their victory was a triumph of light over darkness and it reminds us that without freedom, human dignity is compromised.
“At its core, Chanukah is a celebration of the remarkable endurance of the Jewish people. It is a time to honour the faithfulness of these heroes of old, and to celebrate God’s provision and protection over His people.
“Over your long history, Jews have seen countless oppressors who have sought to extinguish your culture and traditions, but each time, the Jewish people have endured, triumphing against all odds.
“Today there are those who are trying to pick up where the Seleucids left off. Antisemitism has reared its ugly head once again. Conservatives will always stand with the Jewish people against antisemitism as they continue to fight for their right to live and worship in peace.
“So as Jewish Canadians enjoy the treats of the season; as you make latkes and doughnuts; as you light the candles on the menorah; and as children rejoice in the fun of receiving of gifts and spinning the dreidel, I wish you all a Happy Chanukah.
“Chag Chanukah Sameach.”