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September 1st, 2017

NDP statement on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

NDP Multiculturalism critic Jenny Kwan made the following statement:

“Today, Muslims around the world are gathering to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Hajj.

On behalf of New Democrats, I would like to extend my best wishes to all Muslims in Canada celebrating this special day. We wish you all—including the many performing the holy pilgrimage of Hajj—peace, love and happiness.

Eid al-Adha is a time to celebrate our diversity and shared commitment to social justice. We think especially about our Muslim brothers and sisters who have been displaced or affected by conflict and who are unable to celebrate with friends and family. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this time.

Canada is deeply enriched by the contributions of the Muslim community’s commitment to respect and dialogue. Canadian society is stronger because of the generosity and compassion of the Muslim community.

As New Democrats, we recommit to defending human rights in Canada and around the world and to fighting against racism and Islamophobia. In this spirit, Canada must continue to welcome refugees fleeing violent conflict zones like Syria, and we must work together to build a more inclusive country and peaceful world.

Today, Muslims are uniting in a renewal of faith, gratitude, and optimism for the future. To everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha, New Democrats are joining you in renewing our faith and hope for a more peaceful world.”

Eid Mubarak!”