SEPTEMBER 11, 2019


Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today released the following statement on Nayrouz:

“Today the Feast of Nayrouz will be celebrated by Coptic Orthodox Christians across Canada and around the world. Nayrouz is both the beginning of the Coptic New Year and a day of commemoration for Coptic martyrs.

“Falling on the first day of the month of Tout, Nayrouz is a significant day for Copts who will be seeking blessings for the year ahead and lifting up prayers, just as the waters of the Nile begin to rise. It is also a day to remember the persecution that Copts faced under Roman rule – Christians who were forced to deny their faith and faced mass executions for refusing to do so.

“Nayrouz is a time for joyful celebration and renewed hope for the year ahead, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on the past. Copts continue to be attacked and persecuted for their faith but remain steadfast in their beliefs and convictions, as they have for generations.

“Canada is proud to have strong, vibrant, and thriving Coptic communities all across the country. We are truly blessed to live in a country in which all faiths are respected and celebrated. This Coptic New Year, we renew our commitment to promoting religious freedom and pluralism in Canada and around the world.

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I extend my best wishes to all Coptic Christians for a joyful and peaceful Nayrouz.”