Statement on Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

September 24, 2016

Mr. Ernie Hardeman: This Sunday, we celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival. It’s an important traditional festival celebrated by many people from Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, especially among those of Chinese descent. I am honoured that Ambassador Wu and Michelle Lu from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office are here today to mark this occasion with us.

Oxford is proud of the strong relationship we’ve had with Taiwan since George Leslie Mackay travelled there in the late 1800s and became one of the most well-known Canadians in Taiwan.

On behalf of the people of Oxford and the PC caucus, I’m pleased to offer best wishes to everyone celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. It’s a time to get together with family, share moon cakes and give thanks.

At this time of thanksgiving, I also want to take a moment to recognize and thank the Taiwanese Canadian Community Service Association. Last weekend, I was pleased to attend their 18th-anniversary annual fundraising dinner and bring greetings on behalf of our leader. I want to commend them all for their good work and the many people that they help. Honouring their work to help the community is especially fitting at this time of year.

This weekend, people of ethnic Chinese background across Ontario and around the world will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with their communities and their families. We wish them all the best and a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

Thank you for being here.