Prime Minister Trudeau delivers a message on Passover
Tomorrow evening, Jewish communities across Canada and around the world will celebrate the start of Passover.
This is a time for families and friends to gather around the Seder table, to share foods like matzah and maror, drink wine and read from the Haggadah, and reflect on the story of the Exodus.
COVID-19 has likely changed some of these traditions.
Some of us may be celebrating alone, and others may be celebrating with family members on Zoom.
Almost all of us will have many fewer guests than usual.
But what this pandemic can’t change is the hope that Passover represents.
Passover is about the triumph of the Israelites over slavery and affliction. It’s a story of strength and resilience in the face of hardship.
Lessons that we can all draw upon as we continue to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
For all of us, Passover is also an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions that Jewish Canadians make to our country and our communities.
And a chance for us to reaffirm our commitment to build a country and a world that is free of antisemitism, hate, and discrimination.
We will take action against antisemitism and other forms of hatred wherever it happens.
Jewish Canadians will never stand alone.
Your government will continue to stand with you and take action against one of the world’s oldest and most pervasive forms of hate.
On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a joyful and happy Passover.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone. And next year, we will celebrate together.
Chag Pesach Sameach!