Ottawa, ON – “Today, Christians of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and many of the Eastern Catholic Churches will celebrate Easter, also known as Pascha. “As one of the most important days in the Julian calendar, Easter is a special time to reaffirm faith, and reflect on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter gives Christians the hope of Salvation and affirms the triumph of eternal life over death. “It is also an opportunity to remember the tremendous contributions that Canadian Christians have made to Canada’s rich heritage over the years. “Finally, Easter is a time for to reflect upon the challenges faced by minority Christian communities around the world. On this holy occasion, our thoughts and prayers are with those who face persecution for observing their faith. “On behalf of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, I would like to wish all those celebrating a happy and joyful Easter.”