Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the first day of Chanukah:
"I would like to send my warmest greetings to the Jewish community in Canada and around the world for a happy and peaceful Chanukah.
"The story of Chanukah reminds us that hope and faith can overcome any challenge and provide light in times of darkness. The nightly lighting of the menorah during Chanukah commemorates the liberation of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple over 2,000 years ago, and the miracle of the oil lamp which lasted for eight full days in the reclaimed Temple, when it was only meant to last for one.
"Chanukah also reminds us that, as Canadians, we are blessed to live in a safe and peaceful society, one which has been enriched by the countless contributions and achievements of the Jewish-Canadian community.
"During these challenging times, we reaffirm our commitment to stand by the Jewish people and we pray for peace during the holiday season and in the year ahead.
"Laureen and I look forward to joining the Jewish community in celebrating Chanukah Monday evening at our home in Ottawa."