PM Justin Trudeau
PM Justin TrudeauREUTERS/Jessica Lee

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, sent greetings to the Jewish community on the Passover holiday.

Trudeau said that, "Passover commemorates the Biblical story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in ancient Egypt and the defeat of destructive forces. It is a time to reflect on our shared values of strength, resilience, and perseverance, and reminds us that every challenge can be overcome."

Earlier, he condemned a demonstration by a pro-Palestinian group in Ottawa that shouted calls in support of the intifada and the October 7th Hamas attack, saying that, "This holiday is also an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s Jewish community and the many contributions that they have made – and continue to make – to building a stronger, more inclusive, and resilient country. Today, we also reaffirm our commitment to stand up against antisemitism, oppression, and hatred in all its forms to ensure a better world for everyone."

Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, commented, saying that, "The important reality for me is to acknowledge that antisemitism is very real, even in my country, and that we must continue to speak and act against it."