February 16th, 2018

NDP Statement on Chinese Lunar New Year

NDP MP from Vancouver East, Jenny Kwan, made the following statement in the House of Commons:

“Mr. Speaker, Canada's rich multicultural mosaic has brought us vibrant cultural celebrations from every corner of the globe.

In the world today, over 1.5 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year.

2018 is the year of the dog.

With the faces of the world spread across Canada, many Canadians are celebrating the Lunar New Year with colourful cultural performances, meaningful practices, and delicious food in their own communities.

I was delighted to attend a number of fabulous Lunar New Year events in metro-Toronto. The Leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, also joined in the celebration.

In Vancouver east, on February 18, community leaders have organized the 45th annual Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade that will feature traditional lion dancing, multicultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances, and indigenous drummers.

Together let us all celebrate our families, our heritage, and our diversity.

Gong Hey Fat Choy

Gong Xi, Gong Xi.”