July 9, 2013
OTTAWA– Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on the beginning of Ramadan:
“During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Canada and around the world fast and engage in deep spiritual reflection, recommit to a life guided by compassion and charity, and foster spiritual renewal of themselves and their communities.
Underlying the teachings of Ramadan are the values of empathy, generosity and discipline – principles upon which Canada is founded. They are tenets of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees those things sacred to you, to me and to all people with whom we share this great land.
I am proud to live in a country where people come together, where our common dreams crowd out the fears that would divide us. Canada is so greatly enriched by its diversity of cultures, languages and religions, and by our shared belief in respect, acceptance, understanding and friendship.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I wish all those observing Ramadan much peace and happiness during this important time.”
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