Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement from the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition, on the Celebration of Chanukah
December 4, 2007

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those in Canada and around the world celebrating Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Chanukah is a time for people of Jewish faith to celebrate the miracle that illuminated the Temple of Jerusalem thousands of years ago. For the next eight nights, families and friends will gather to light the menorah and remember that the darkness of religious intolerance is no match for the power of faith.

This joyous festival is also a time to celebrate the friendship between Canada and Israel – a friendship that grows stronger with each passing year.

This holiday season, let the message of hope that Chanukah brings inspire us all to treat our fellow citizens with compassion and work towards peace and prosperity throughout the world.

Happy Chanukah! Chag Samech.