Mr. Speaker, Jewish communities in my riding of Mount Royal, across Canada, and around the world will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, this evening.
While Rosh Hashanah is a time to look forward, it is also a time to look back. Last year we saw an increase in the levels of anti-Semitism around the world. Jewish Canadians have seen vile acts targeting us and our places of worship.
On this Rosh Hashanah, let us join together as parliamentarians to deliver a message to Canada's Jewish community that we recognize and appreciate the over 250-year contribution of the Jewish community to Canada.
We denounce anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, and will combat it with words and with deeds. We stand against discrimination against any group, bigotry against any people.
On behalf of all of us, I wish all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy and healthy new year.