May 29th, 2018

NDP Statement on Vesak

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada's NDP issued the following statement:

“Today, Buddhists in Canada and around the world are celebrating Vesak, the most sacred day for the followers of Gautama Buddha.

As Buddhists come together to offer gifts of gratitude to the Buddha, for his life and wisdom, let us all reflect on the Buddha’s universal teachings of peace and compassionate service toward those in need.

These values unite us as Canadians and Vesak is an opportunity for us all to re-commit to fighting for equality and fairness and create a world where no one is left behind.

In this digital and fast paced world, cynicism can often overshadow good deeds. Let us be inspired by the Buddha’s teachings, lead noble lives and bring harmony to the world around us.

I extend my warmest wishes to all those observing Vesak today, and may we all celebrate Vesak in our own way, by working toward bringing happiness to all."