Ottawa, Ontario - May 5, 2019

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

“Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world mark the start of Ramadan.

“Families and friends will gather to pray together, fast during the daytime, and break their fast in the evening at iftars around the globe.

“Ramadan honours the values at the heart of Islam – like compassion and service to others. It reminds us to give generously, and put the needs of others before our own – this month, and throughout the year.

“Each day, Muslim Canadians help build a better Canada. Today, let’s celebrate their contributions, and come together to continue that work. We will always stand together against Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms, and work to make sure the values of openness, diversity, and freedom of religion are protected.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.

“Ramadan Mubarak!”