IN THE HOUSE ~ Peter's statement recognizing Lunar New Year. Gong Xi! Gong Xi!

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise today to wish Chinese Canadians and all those who celebrate the Lunar New Year a Happy New Year of the Snake.

    In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, friendship and determination.

    This is the time to come together around these values for a positive change during the year in the spirit of sisterhood, brotherhood and sharing. May this year of the snake bring good health, peace and good fortunate to all.

    In my community we say: Gung Hei Faat Choi, Xu da dja, Xin Nian kuai Le; She Nian Kuai Le; Nian nian kuai le, Tian tian kuai le.

    I would like to take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude and appreciation to all Canadians of Chinese origin as well as to all those who celebrate the lunar new year from my riding of Burnaby New Westminster to all of Canada.

    I am thankful for their immense contribution to our country and continuous efforts to build a better, wiser and stronger Canada.

    Da ji da li

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