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Stéphane Dion participates in celebration of Israel’s 60th Anniversary

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Stéphane Dion participates in celebration of Israel’s 60th Anniversary

The banner for Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations bears the words “today and beyond,” encouraging us to look to the future, Israel’s next 60 years, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said yesterday.

“Israel is a country that has enriched our global community with its vibrant culture, its powers of invention, and its commitment to freedom, democracy, and prosperity.” said Mr. Dion “It is a country that has produced no less than eight Nobel Prize winners – four in the last six years alone – and is recognized as a world leader in water conservation and the development of solar and geothermal energy at a time when our planet so desperately needs this kind of leadership.”

Mr. Dion was speaking yesterday in Montreal at the Consortium of Jewish Organisations rally to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary."As we celebrate, we do so with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, still fresh in our minds," he said.  "That is as it should be, because remembering the horror and celebrating the triumph go hand in hand."Mr. Dion went on to offer his best wishes to all those celebrating this event.

“On behalf of my Liberal colleagues, I wish Israel a happy anniversary and a bright future," he said.  "Masal-tov le-chaggigot shishim shanna le-medinnat Israel.

"Shalom."

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