Statement by the leader of the NDP on the beginning of Ramadan

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement to mark the beginning of Ramadan:

“On behalf of all New Democrats, I would like to offer my best wishes to all Muslims here in Canada and around the world who will begin their Ramadan celebrations.

“This month-long observance is dedicated to prayer, fasting and personal reflection, but it is also a time to celebrate among family and friends.

“New Democrats are proud of their strong relationship with Muslim communities across the country. That is why we continue to defend human rights here in Canada and around the world and fight against racism and Islamophobia.

“I would also like to acknowledge the many positive contributions that Canadian Muslims continue to offer to our society. Together, we form a stronger, more inclusive nation.

“Ramadan Kareem.”