June 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement on Global Coptic Day:
“Today, Coptic Christians in Canada and across the world will gather with friends and family to celebrate the first Global Coptic Day. Coptic Christians have successfully preserved their rich faith and tradition throughout the centuries, despite facing much oppression and mistreatment.
“Today is also the feast day marking the Entry of Jesus Christ into Egypt, during the Holy Family’s flight from the persecution of King Herod. Proudly maintaining their identity as the descendants of the original people of Egypt who converted to Christianity, the Coptic community to this day cherishes the memory of the Egyptian exile of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
“The Coptic community have themselves known persecution and martyrdom, the ultimate witness to their faithfulness to Jesus. Even in recent years there have been multiple instances of horrific attacks against Copts, who were targeted simply because they are Christian. This is completely unacceptable.
“Canada is blessed to be a land of freedom. Canada’s Conservatives will always support religious freedom and stand up for the fundamental right of everyone to practice their religion.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all Coptic Canadians celebrating Global Coptic Day!”
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