SEPTEMBER 13, 2019


OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement on the Mid-Autumn Festival:

Tonight, we join Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese descent as they prepare to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“Communities across Canada will gather under the full moon to light beautiful lanterns, sing songs and share traditional foods, including moon cakes, which are only baked for this special occasion. Based upon the lunar calendar and dating back centuries, the Mid-Autumn Festival is customarily celebrated when the moon is roundest and brightest to express thankfulness for the bountiful harvest.  

“We are blessed to live in Canada, the best country in the world. There are many reasons why Canada is home to large Asian communities who contribute greatly to our country. It is because we are free – free to worship and free to speak and free to believe. It is because of our economic freedom that produces so much prosperity and opportunity. It is because we are equal – equal in opportunity and equal before the law. It is because we are all these things that we are diverse. Diversity is the result of our strength, and our strength is and always has been our freedom.

“My commitment is to help build a Canada where the dreams you have for yourselves and your children and grandchildren are within your reach. So that each generation can not only succeed, but take care of those who have gone before them.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!”