Ottawa, Ontario - March 30, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Passover:

“Tonight at sundown, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the beginning of Passover.

“Over the next eight days, families and loved ones will gather around the Seder table to share festive meals and wine, read from the Haggadah, and recite the four questions in celebration of freedom.

“Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It celebrates the power of faith, the triumph of freedom over bondage, and the enduring strength of the Jewish people.

“For all of us, the Passover story is a call to action. The story of the Israelites reminds us that with courage and determination, each one of us has the power to be a voice for justice and a force for freedom.

“On Passover, we also celebrate Canada’s Jewish community and the significant contributions Jewish Canadians make to our country. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to stand against anti-Semitism, oppression, and hatred in all its forms – and to work to build a better world for all.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish health, joy, and happiness to everyone marking Passover.

“Chag Pesach Sameach!”