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Canadian Prime Minister Issues Statement on Passover Amidst Rising Tensions

Ottawa, Ontario – As Jewish communities worldwide prepare to observe Passover, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement reaffirming Canada’s solidarity with the Jewish community while addressing recent geopolitical tensions.

In his statement released today, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the significance of Passover, also known as Pesach, as a time to commemorate the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. He emphasized the values of faith, hope, and perseverance embodied in the Passover story, emphasizing its relevance in the face of ongoing challenges.

“Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates the biblical exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery under the leadership of Moses. It celebrates faith, hope, and the perseverance of the Jewish people, who endured and overcame persecution,” stated Prime Minister Trudeau.

Trudeau also acknowledged the challenges faced by the Jewish community, both in Canada and globally, particularly amidst a backdrop of rising antisemitism and recent escalations in the Middle East.

“This year, Passover comes at a difficult time,” Trudeau remarked. “With the disturbing increase in antisemitism around the world, including in Canada, the values of perseverance, kindness, and resilience at the heart of Passover are more important than ever.”

The Prime Minister condemned recent attacks by Hamas and the Iranian regime against Israel, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the release of hostages.

“We call on Hamas to immediately release all hostages and lay down its arms. We also unequivocally condemn the Iranian regime’s recent attacks against Israel,” Trudeau asserted. “The regime’s latest actions will further destabilize the region and make lasting peace more difficult. We demand that Iran and its proxies immediately cease their attacks.”

Trudeau concluded his statement by expressing solidarity with the Jewish community and reiterating Canada’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Canadians, regardless of faith.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish a peaceful and happy Passover to everyone celebrating,” Trudeau conveyed. “!חג פסח שמח – Chag Pesach Sameach!”


Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement comes at a crucial moment, as tensions in the Middle East continue to escalate and incidents of antisemitism rise globally. By addressing these challenges while extending well-wishes for Passover, Trudeau underscores Canada’s commitment to religious freedom and tolerance. However, some may argue that more concrete actions are needed to combat anti semitism and promote peace in the region. As the international community navigates these complexities, Trudeau’s words serve as a reminder of the importance of unity and resilience in times of adversity.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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