The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Purim:
“Chag Sameach! Tonight, the Jewish community across Canada and Jews around the world celebrate Purim.
“This holiday celebrates the salvation of the Israelites from a murderous plot by the wicked Haman, an advisor to the king of Persia. Upon hearing of the imminent threat of Haman’s plans, Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai alerted the king and thwarted the danger, thereby saving their people.
“Purim celebrates the reversal from grief to joy, from mourning to festivity, and is an ongoing commemoration of the delivery of the Jewish people. It’s about a community’s celebration of its enduring resilience and continuity from generation to generation.
“During this joyful holiday, family and friends mark the occasion by reading from the Book of Esther, giving to charity and exchanging gifts, and eating Hamentashen pastries.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating the occasion.