Edmonton, March 20, 2019 – The Hon. Jason Kenney, Leader of the United Conservatives, issued the following statement in celebration of Purim:
Tonight at sundown Jewish communities in Alberta and around the world will celebrate Purim.
Purim is a joyful holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from persecution and oppression in ancient Persia. The events marked by Purim – Esther’s bravery, and the courage and perseverance of the Jewish people – remind us that good will always triumph over evil. This celebration brings to light the strength and determination of the Jewish people throughout history in the face of their oppressors and many tribulations.
In observance of this holiday, friends and family will give to the less fortunate, read from the Book of Esther to recall the events honoured by Purim, and partake in a large and boisterous feast.
Purim encourages us to reflect on the many contributions of Alberta’s Jewish community, which enriches our province’s vibrant, multicultural makeup. It also serves as an opportunity to reaffirm our steadfast stance against anti-Semitism, and any acts of hatred.
As Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Purim!
Chag Purim Sameach!