Statement by Minister Rodriguez on Vesak

From: Canadian Heritage

Statement

OTTAWA, May 19, 2019

Today, on the occasion of Vesak, Buddhists across Canada and around the world are commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Vesak, the most important festival in the Buddhist calendar, is an opportunity for people to come together and reflect on the Buddha’s universal teachings of peace, compassion and caring, especially for those less fortunate. Across the nation, Canadians from all walks of life can take inspiration from these shared values, which unite us and help make Canada such a great place to live and a country we are proud of.

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