The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Shavuot:
“Tonight at sundown, the Jewish community across Canada and around the world will begin celebrating Shavuot.
Shavuot is a significant event on the Jewish calendar – it marks when the Israelites received the Torah from G-d over three millennia ago, and is celebrated fifty days after Passover. This particularly special occasion is a time when the Jewish community will gather and communally learn from and contemplate the Law, the Torah and the commandments.
All around the world tonight, Jews will gather together to study the Torah with friends, family, and community members while eating delicious dairy delicacies, and listen to the readings of the Ten Commandments the following morning.
Canada is proud to be home to a vibrant and civically engaged Jewish community. We are also grateful for the many synagogues, Jewish community centres, and other Jewish cultural hubs that continue to enrich our country’s values and social fabric.
On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I wish all those celebrating a very blessed and meaningful Shavuot.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!”