Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Yom Kippur

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Kippur:

“Today at sunset, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will come together to observe the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. A time of reflection, introspection, and repentance, this holiday will bring family and friends together tonight to fast and pray.

For all of us, Yom Kippur is a chance to honour the Jewish Canadian community, and to celebrate the important contributions of our neighbours and friends. In years to come, just like in years past, this community will continue creating a better Canada for everyone.

For many Jewish Canadians, Yom Kippur comes during a difficult year. In the wake of violent acts of hatred in Canada and beyond, this is a time to recommit to fighting antisemitism, hatred, and discrimination in every form. These acts have no place in our country or our world, and we must always stand united against them. Together, we can continue to build a more inclusive Canada where we celebrate the diversity that is our strength.

On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone observing Yom Kippur a Gmar Chatima Tova.”