NEW Democrat Leader John Horgan and multiculturalism spokesperson Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) issued the following statement celebrating Eid al-Fitr:
“On behalf of the B.C. New Democrat caucus, we extend best wishes to all who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan.
“During this festive period, Muslims in Canada and around the world come together in a renewal of faith, gratitude and optimism for the future. It is also a time to celebrate unity, forgiveness, charity and peace. These are values that are universal and shared by Muslims and non-Muslims.
“We are fortunate to have an active, diverse and vibrant Muslim community in our province and as you celebrate this festive occasion, the B.C. New Democrats share in your hope for a joyous and peaceful Eid al-Fitr.
PREMIER Christy Clark’s staff withdrew a statement on Eid greetings that was sent just after 9 a.m. on Sunday and sent a “revised version” at 11:50 a.m.
“Tonight, Muslims in British Columbia and around the globe celebrate Eid al-Fitr, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, that marks the end of Ramadan.
“Friends, families and communities celebrate with special meals, prayers and acts of charity.
“Eid al-Fitr and those who celebrate it are another example of the diversity that makes us the envy of the world – peoples from different backgrounds and beliefs, living and thriving in peace.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I wish everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr a happy and healthy festival.
ANDREW Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, issued the following statement on Monday on Eid al-Fitr:
“I extend my best wishes to Muslims across B.C. and the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr today. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, family engagement and charitable giving. These practices remind us how diversity strengthens our communities. Eid Mubarak!”