Statement by the Prime Minister on Passover

April 8, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Passover:

“Tonight at sundown, we will join Jewish communities in Canada and around the world to mark the beginning of Passover, the eight-day festival commemorating the Exodus, the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

“Usually, families and friends celebrate Passover by gathering around the Seder table to share a festive meal and reading from the Haggadah, as the youngest child asks the four questions. This year is different, as Canadians and people around the world deal with the impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic. Please follow the recommendations of our public health experts, and stay at home. If you have to go out, remember to keep a safe distance of at least two metres from others to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

“Passover is a time to recognize the power of hope and the strength and perseverance of the Jewish people, who have prevailed in the face of unspeakable persecution. It also reminds us that we must always stand together against antisemitism, hatred, and discrimination, wherever they occur.

“On this occasion, I invite all Canadians to recognize the important contributions that Jewish Canadians – past and present – have made to our country. On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to everyone celebrating Passover.

“Chag Pesach Sameach.