Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Purim

Ottawa, Ontario
March 23, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Purim:

“Today at sunset, Jewish people in Canada and around the world will join their loved ones to celebrate Purim.

“On this joyous occasion, friends and families will come together to wear costumes, play games, feast on Hamantaschen, and exchange gifts.

“Traditionally, Purim recounts the story of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai, who saved the Jewish people of ancient Persia. On this occasion, we are reminded of the strength of the Jewish people, who have survived and triumphed over unspeakable persecution.

“As we read the Megillah Esther, we reaffirm our ongoing responsibility to take action and stand against acts of anti-Semitism, and other expressions of hatred and discrimination, both here in Canada and around the world.

“On behalf of Canadians and our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyous Purim.

“Chag Purim Sameach!”