Mr. Speaker, this weekend Kitchener will host our annual multicultural festival, a celebration of the customs that Canadians bring from all around the globe.
This is similar to the multi-faith prayer breakfast held every year in Waterloo region. In contrast to the recent court decision on prayer, Waterloo embraces pluralism, inviting each faith to offer its own prayer.
When we approach our diversity most closely, we learn how much we are alike. When we learn not to fear our differences, we discover our common humanity.
As a free society, we let everyone live the way they choose, absent some compelling need. We do not tell people how to pray or what to eat or even how to dress, unless there is a strong reason to limit freedom.
If we disagree about limits to freedom, we disagree with respect and judicial process.
Let every parliamentarian join Kitchener-Waterloo in affirming these principles.