Rona Ambrose, the Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement to mark Purim:
“Purim commemorates the Biblical Book of Esther, in which Mordecai and Queen Esther save the Jewish people from Haman, who sought the destruction of the Jews of Persia. As one of the most joyous days in the Jewish calendar, Purim celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and provides the opportunity to gather with friends and family to exchange gifts and eat traditional foods like the Hamantaschen.
“The story of Purim reminds us of the perseverance and resilience of the Jewish people throughout history and even today, and the strength of good over evil. That is why the Conservative Party of Canada continues to stand with Israel, and the Jewish community around the world in the face of the rise of global anti-Semitism.
“Today’s joyous occasion provides Canadians an opportunity to recognize the important contributions of the Jewish community to Canada and our diverse heritage.
“On behalf of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating Purim.
“Chag Purim Sameach!”