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May 19th, 2019

NDP Statement on Vesak

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

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

As Buddhists offer gifts of gratitude for the life and wisdom of the Enlightened One, let us all be inspired by the Buddha’s universal teachings of peace and compassionate service toward those in need.

In our fast-paced world, it can be easy for cynicism to overshadow good deeds. Vesak is an opportunity to re-commit to fighting for equality and fairness and to bring harmony and happiness to those around us.

I extend my warmest wishes to all those observing Vesak today. May we all celebrate Vesak in our own way, by celebrating the values that unite us as Canadians as we work towards creating a world where no one is left behind.