Ottawa, ON - The Honourable Andrew Scheer, the Leader of Canada's Conservatives, issued the following statement on Vesak:
"Today, many Buddhist Canadians and people around the world will celebrate Vesak.
"Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha. The Buddhist community is well known for celebrating and esteeming wise and positive teachings on generosity, kindness, peace and compassion in the light of the trials and conflicts of life. Families and neighbours will also gather in the spirit of prayer, meditation, celebration and helping those in need.
"We are fortunate to live in a country that respects human rights, upholds the rule of law and lets everyone realize their potential. Canada is blessed to be a beacon of religious freedom and a land of refuge to people of all cultural origins.
"On behalf Canada's Conservatives, I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Vesak."