October 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, 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, also known as the Moon Festival.
“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 gratitude and reunite with family. While this year’s celebrations will look different because of the ongoing pandemic, families and friends will find creative ways to gather under the full moon to light beautiful lanterns, sing traditional songs and share moon cakes.
“Unfortunately, earlier this year during the lockdown, we have seen a sharp increase in hate crimes, including against Canadians of Asian heritage. No Canadian should ever live in fear or feel insecure because of their skin colour, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Bigotry and hatred have no place in our communities and we will not tolerate it. We must do better.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival!”
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