VICTORIA – On behalf of the New Democrat Official Opposition, Leader John Horgan made this statement today to all Canadians celebrating the start of Chanukah; the Jewish Festival of Lights.
“This annual occasion is a time of rejoicing and sharing with loved ones, friends, family and the community. It is also a time to acknowledge the importance of freedom.
“The 2,000 year-old origins of Chanukah is the story of good triumphing over evil, light over darkness, peace over war. This story still provides inspiration, hope and faith for the Jewish community and others who share our prosperous land.
“Chanukah is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the meaning of faith, freedom and the triumph of good over evil. It is an occasion to pay tribute to the tremendous contributions of Canada’s Jewish community in all areas of endeavour.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish everyone celebrating Chanukah both in Canada and around the world a happy and peaceful holiday. May the lights from the Chanukiyah shine brightly in your homes.”