House of Commons
S-232 – Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
Mr. Michael Levitt (York Centre, Lib.) moved for leave to introduce Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.
He said: Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to give first reading to Bill S-232, an act respecting Canadian Jewish heritage month. I want to thank my hon. colleagues, the members for Thornhilland Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, for their support.
This bill would recognize and designate the month of May each year as Canadian Jewish heritage month. By designating the month of May as Canadian Jewish heritage month, this bill would recognize the important contributions Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political, and cultural fabric. Canada is home to the fourth-largest Jewish population in the world, and Canadian Jewish heritage month would provide an opportunity to remember, celebrate, and educate future generations about the inspirational role Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across the country.(Motion deemed adopted, bill read the first time)
Hon. Chrystia Freeland (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada has a long-standing commitment to a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace, and to a two-state negotiated solution. This includes Israel’s right to exist in peace and free from terrorism within secure borders, as well as the creation of a sovereign, viable Palestinian state.
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