The leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) made the following statement on Dongzhi:
“The winter solstice festival – more commonly called Dongzhi – is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese community.
This celebration is an opportunity for families to come together over a huge feast, spend quality time with loved ones and pay tribute to their ancestors.
Unfortunately, many this year are not able to share a feast with their loved ones. Under this Conservative government, long wait times of up to eight years for family reunification cast a shadow over this important family celebrations.
New Democrats would make family reunification a priority. We believe that reuniting families on Canadian soil is a way to reinforce our communities and our economy.
The NDP team joins me in wishing happy celebrations to all Chinese Canadians.”