Remarks by the
Hon. David Kilgour
Edmonton Southeast and Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) Parliament Hill, Ottawa
October 31, 2003
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The Celebration of Lights, is one of the most celebrated festivities on Earth.
Uniting all members of the community, young and old, rich or poor, the lighting
of the lamps represents our commitment to living the values that bring us closer
we celebrate the triumphs of light over darkness - of good over evil - we are
also honouring those who fight this timeless battle.
over a week ago, during his presentation at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT),
the OSCE's Ambassador to Macedonia, Craig Jenness spoke of the seemingly
overwhelming causes for despair as one looks at the state of humanity: at the
wars that continue to be fought, at endless conflicts raging over ethnicity,
culture, faith and more and at famines, natural disasters and crises like AIDS
after working in a position that exposed him to what could be considered the
worst of human nature, Craig spoke compellingly of his continued belief in the
notion that 'it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness'.
as Rana lit a candle by defeating the evil Ravana before and returning to his
as the soldiers and war veterans we will soon honour on Remembrance Day light a
candle by sacrificing their own lives for freedom...
as Red Cross, UN and other development workers who have lost their lives in
bombings in Iraq and around the world light a candle to bring hope to others...
just as each of us tonight lights a candle in honouring the spirit and tradition
collective light will triumph over darkness.