The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Yom Kippur:
“This evening at sundown, those of the Jewish faith will join together to mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
“This fast day will begin with the Kol Nidrei service, which welcomes a serious period of atonement and introspection. Those observing will use this time to reflect on their past year, atone for their sins, and ask forgiveness for their wrong-doings.
“This solemn fast day will conclude the following evening with blasts of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram’s horn, as all of those observing pray that they will be inscribed for a good year in the Book of Life.
“On this day, I hope that Canadians take the opportunity to recognize our common values and the immense contributions made by the Jewish community in shaping a more peaceful and prosperous Canada.
“On behalf of the Official Opposition and Conservative Party of Canada, I would like to extend our warmest wishes to the Jewish community here at home and around the world as they observe this sacred fast day.
“G’mar Chasima Tovah.”