Canadian Elected Officials Send Congratulations for the 32nd Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction

( May 13 marks the 32nd anniversarysince Falun Dafa was introduced to the world in 1992, and it is also the 25th World Falun Dafa Day. Every year Canadian elected officials at all levels issue proclamations and send greetings to mark the anniversary. Thus far, 20 officials have sent congratulatory letters, proclamations and videos.

Greetings from at least 20 elected Canadian officials.

These officials are:

First row from left to right: Andrew Scheer (Opposition Parliamentary Leader), Melissa Lantsman (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), Ted Falk (MP for Provencher), Raquel Dancho (MP for Kildonan-St. Paul), and Charmaine Williams (Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity)

Second row from left to right: Rudy Cuzzetto (MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore), Ron R. Schuler (Springfield-Ritchot MLA), Chris Glover (MLA for Spadina-Fort York in Toronto), Kate Rogers (Fredericton Mayor), and Josh Morgan (Mayor of London)

Third row from left to right: Peter Chirico (North Bay Mayor), Christa Lowry (Mississippi Mills Mayor), Mike Bradley (Sarnia Mayor), Hilda MacDonald (Mayor of Leamington), and Crystal Meloche (Mayor of LaSalle)

Fourth row from left to right: Richard Norcross (New Tecumseth Mayor), Jennifer Coughlin (Springwater Mayor), Mario G. Racco (Vaughan City Councilor), Matt Mahoney (Councilor for Ward 8, Mississauga), and Brad Butt (Mississauga City Councilor, Ward 11)


“Best Guarantors of Prosperity and Well-Being”

Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament (MP) and Opposition House Leader, wrote, “I would like to extend my warmest greetings to everyone in Regina-Qu’Appelle and across Canada in recognising May 13 as Falun Dafa Day.

“I have always been a passionate defender of the freedom of the individual, including freedom of speech, worship, and assembly. They are among the best guarantors of the prosperity and well-being of any community.

“Rest assured that my colleagues and I in the Conservative opposition are doing everything we can to defend these freedoms in Canada and around the world.”

Andrew Scheer, MP and Opposition House Leader, extended greetings for Falun Dafa Day.


“We Pray That Others Will Also Honor These Values”

Melissa Lantsman, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and Member of Parliament for Thornhill, wrote, “I am pleased to send my regards and best wishes to the Canadian Falun Dafa community as you celebrate the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance on Parliament Hill.

“For over 30 years, Falun Dafa has helped millions of lives filled with benevolence and forbearance. Falun Dafa is also a force for good in our community through its many volunteer an charitable initiatives.

“In addition to celebrating Falun Dafa, we also celebrate the values of religious freedom and liberty – values that are cornerstone of any democratic society. The communist dictatorship in Beijing continues to persecute Falun Dafa adherents and many others in Chinese society, clearly threatening global stability and human dignity.

“Hard as they may try, they will never conquer the spirit of Falun Dafa – they will never control the hearts and minds of people who want to be free.

“Just as you honor the values of Compassion and Tolerance in your own lives, we pray that others will also honor these values as we seek to build a fair, just, an equitable society.

“I pledge my full support, as I always have, in our fight together for human rights and a more secure world for Falun Dafa and persecuted groups around the world. I pledge to continue my work as one of your loudest, most strident voices for freedom and liberty on Parliament Hill.

“Thanking you once again for your advocacy, determination, and vision in everything you do. Looking forward to many more years of continued partnership and friendship.”

Greetings from Melissa Lantsman, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and Member of Parliament for Thornhill.


“Bedrock Values of a Truly Free and Democratic Society”

Ted Falk, MP for Provencher, wrote, “Falun Gong shares many similar values with my own Christian faith: truthfulness, benevolence, forbearance, and living in peace with one another.

“These are not only the hallmarks of our two diverse belief systems but also the bedrock values of a truly free and democratic society.

“We also share the pain of our brothers and sisters who are relentlessly persecuted by China’s brutal communist regime. By holding and celebrating the truly Canadian values of religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly, together, we can be a voice for those who have no voice, as we call and pray for change.”

Greetings from Ted Falk, MP for Provencher


Celebrating the Values and Contributions of the Falun Dafa Community

Raquel Dancho, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, wrote in her greetings, “It is my distinct pleasure to bring greetings and extend my most earnest support for the Falun Dafa community here in Canada. For decades, Falun Dafa practitioners have endured horrific persecution from the Chinese Communist Party. Despite these attacks, the Falun Dafa community has constantly exemplified their three principal values of compassion, kindness, and forbearance.

“There is much to be learned from Falun Dafa, and also much to be celebrated. Tonight, as we commemorate the endurance and flourishing of the international Falun Dafa movement, my Conservative colleagues and I commit to persisting in our efforts to shine a light on foreign interference in Canada and combat the illegal intrusions of outside actors.

“Freedom and diversity are among our most cherished Canadian values. It is vital that groups such as Falun Dafa are protected from persecution and supported in their efforts to demonstrate and share their culture and beliefs. I join all of you today in celebrating the values and contributions of the Falun Dafa community to Canada.”

Greetings from Kildonan-St. Paul MP Raquel Dancho


Serving as a Beacon of Hope

Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, said she is “sending my warmest regards to Falun Dafa! Your dedication to the practice of Falun Dafa not only enriches lives but also serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many. May your practice of Falun Dafa continue to nurture inner peace, strength, and harmony in both mind and spirit.”

Greetings from Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity


These Principles Are Welcomed and Valued

Rudy Cuzzetto MPP wrote, “On behalf of the residents of Mississauga-Lakeshore, it is my pleasure to extend best wishes and greetings to the Falun Dafa community.

“The principles of ‘truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance’ are welcomed and valued in our province. In celebration of the 32nd anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction, we spread kindness to one another and foster a more harmonious world.

“The Falun Dafa Association of Canada is much appreciated for its dedication to showcasing years of Chinese tradition and history, as well as for its colorful and rich presentation of Chinese culture.

“I’d like to wish the Chinese community a Happy Year of the Dragon and all the best for the upcoming years as you come together with loved ones, neighbors, and friends to celebrate Chinese culture.”

Greetings from Rudy Cuzzetto, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Mississauga-Lakeshore


A Solid and Valuable Foundation for Communities

Ron R. Schuler, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Springfield-Ritchot, wrote, “On this occasion of your 32nd anniversary, it is a privilege to once again send Congratulations to the Falun Dafa Association on Canada.

“Manitoba has always shown its strength through the diversity and tolerance of its people, a tradition that Falun Dafa shares.”

“Truthfulness, forbearance and compassion, which are at the heart of not only Falun Dafa, but also at the heart of every community, make a solid and valuable foundation for Manitoba to grow and thrive.

“I am pleased that we are so very blessed to live in a country and a province where we can enjoy the values of openness, religious freedom, and freedom of conscience.

“I wish you great success in 2024 and for your 32nd anniversary.”

Congratulatory letter from Ron R. Schuler, MLA for Springfield-Ritchot


“This Day Marks an Important Moment”

Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York in central Toronto, wrote, “It is with great honor that I extend heartfelt greetings to all of you commemorating the 32nd Falun Dafa Day on May 13th, 2024. This day marks an important moment to celebrate the resilience and enduring spirit of Falun Dafa community, both within Canada and around the world.

Falun Dafa’s teaching of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are more than just words; they are principles that guide many to lead lives of profound integrity and peace. It is inspiring to see how practitioners have upheld these values despite facing extreme adversities. Your unwavering commitment to non-violence and the pursuit of spiritual and moral wellbeing has not only enriched your own lives but has also made a significant impact on the broader Canadian society.

“The contributions of the Falun Dafa community in building inclusive and supportive communities across our nation is truly commendable. As we reflect on your journey over the past 32 years, your stories of courage, resilience, and perseverance continue to inspire and remind us of the importance of upholding human dignity and fundamental freedoms.

“On this Falun Dafa Day, let us all celebrate the strength and spirit of those who practice Falun Dafa and their significant contributions to making our society a more inclusive, healthy, and peaceful place. May you continue to thrive and spread the message of peace and goodwill.”

Greetings from Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York


“Promoting a More Harmonious and Healthy Society”

Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers wrote, “On behalf my colleagues at Fredericton City Council, I wish to recognize the 32nd anniversary of the Falun Dafa Day celebration.

“I would like to extend a big thank you to the Falun Dafa community in Fredericton, for their dedication to promoting a more harmonious and healthy society. Thank you for your continuous efforts to encouraging tolerance and compassion and building a better world for all of us.”

Letter from Kate Rogers, Mayor of Fredericton


Falun Dafa Day Proclamation

Josh Morgan, Mayor of London, wrote, “I hereby certify that the Municipal Council, at its meeting held on April 23, 2024 resolved:

“That based on the application dated April 4, 2024 from Falun Dafa Association Canada, May 13, 2024 BE PROCLAIMED 32nd FALUN DAFA DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS.”

Proclamation from London Mayor Josh Morgan


Improving Health in Mind, Body, and Spirit

Mayor Peter Chirico of North Bay wrote, “Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a peaceful self-improvement practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture and centres around the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance and consists of five gentle exercises, including meditation; and

Falun Dafa, was first introduced by Master Li Hongzhi in 1992, and has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improve health in mind, body, and spirit, and to enhance the well-being of people from all walks of society, who follow the tenets; and

Transcending culture and racial boundaries, Falun Dafa has touched the lives of more than 100 million people in over 110 countries, more men and women in Canada are learning the practice and purifying their hearts, energizing their bodies, and striving to create more peaceful communities; and

“under grave adversity, the great compassion and forbearance demonstrated by Falun Dafa practitioners have touched the hearts of kind-hearted people all over the world; and

“Falun Dafa practitioners in the communities across Canada celebrate the Falun Dafa Day on May 13th and this year marks its monumental 32nd anniversary.

“I, Therefore, proclaim that the month of May to be observed as ‘Falun Dafa Month’ in the City of North Bay.”

Proclamation from Mayor Peter Chirico, City of North Bay


Paying Tribute to the Introduction of Falun Dafa to the Public

Mississippi Mills Mayor Christa Lowry wrote, “In recognition of World Falun Dafa Day, the Municipality of Mississippi Mills extends their greetings.

“Thank you for your efforts to improve the mental health and physical wellbeing of society by sharing the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance in Canada and around the world.

“We wish you well on the special occasion of your 32nd anniversary, as you pay tribute to the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public.”

Letter from Christa Lowry, Mayor of Mississippi Mills


You Are Commended for Your Faith

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley wrote, “I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to extend my congratulations to the Falun Dafa Association of Canada on your 32nd Anniversary.

You are to be commended for the commitment you have to your faith.”

Congratulations from Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia


Celebrating 32nd World Falun Dafa Day

Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald wrote, “The Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington Certificate of Congratulations presented to the Falun Dafa Association of Canada on the celebration of the 32nd Falun Dafa Day. On behalf the citizens of the Municipality of Leamington and members of the Council, please accept our congratulations and best wishes.”

Proclamation from Hilda MacDonald, Mayor of Leamington


Enriching the Fabric of Our Society

LaSalle Mayor Crystal Meloche wrote, “As we approach the 32nd anniversary of Falun Dafa Day on May 13th, I extend my warmest wishes and congratulations on behalf of Town of LaSalle Council.

“This occasion holds significant importance for the Falun Dafa community, marking a celebration of the core principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance that embody your practice. It is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions that Falun Dafa practitioners have made to our community.

“We take pride in standing alongside the Falun Dafa community in recognizing and honoring this special day. Your commitment to these principles enriches the fabric of our society and inspires us all to strive to greater harmony and understanding.

As we gather to commemorate Falun Dafa Day, may this celebration be filled with joy, reflection, and a reaffirmation of your dedication to these guiding principles. Please accept our sincere congratulations and best wishes for a successful and meaning observance.”

Letter from Crystal Meloche, Mayor of LaSalle


Transcending Cultural and Racial Boundaries

New Tecumseth Mayor Richard Norcross wrote, “Whereas; Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is an advanced exercise and spiritual practice for mind and body that honours the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; and

“Whereas; Falun Dafa has benefited both physically and spiritually tens of millions of people from diverse cultural backgrounds in over 100 countries, including Canada, since its public introduction in China in May 1992; and

“Whereas; Falun Dafa transcends cultural and racial boundaries and contributes to a more peaceful, tolerant, and compassionate society; and

“Therefore, be it resolved; that May 13, 2024 be designated Falun Dafa Day in the Town of New Tecumseth.”

Proclamation from New Tecumseth


Proclamation from Springwater in Central Ontario

Springwater Township Mayor Jennifer Coughlin wrote, “The Corporation of the Township of Springwater Extends Sincere Congratulations to Falun Dafa Day on the occasion of your 32nd Anniversary.”

Proclamation from Jennifer Coughlin, Mayor of Springwater


Contributions to the Community

Springwater Township Mayor Jennifer Coughlin wrote, “On behalf of The Township of Springwater, congratulations on the 32nd anniversary of your annual celebration of the contributions of the members of the Falun Dafa community in Canada.”

Letter from Jennifer Coughlin, Mayor of Springwater


Harmony Within Our Society

Vaughan City Councillor Mario G. Racco wrote, “Warm greetings to the Falun Dafa community as you commemorate the 32nd Falun Dafa Day on May 13th, 2024.

I acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of Falun Dafa practitioners. Your peaceful efforts to promote personal well-being and harmony within our society through free meditation exercises are truly commendable.

“Best wishes for a successful and meaningful celebration of the 32nd Falun Dafa Day. May this occasion be filled with reflection, solidarity, and hope for a brighter future.”

Letter from Mario G. Racco, Vaughan City Local and Regional Councillor


Important Principles

Matt Mahoney, Councillor Ward 8 of Mississauga, wrote, “On behalf of the residents of Ward 8 in the City of Mississauga, I am happy to send greetings to the Falun Dafa Association of Canada for the celebration of your 32nd Anniversary.

“With the population of Canada growing, we become more diverse each year. It is important we continue to recognise the important principles Falun Dafa holds.”

Letter from Matt Mahoney, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Mississauga


Great Contributions to the Communities

Brad Butt, Mississauga City Councillor in Ward 11, sent a video greeting that thanked Falun Dafa practitioners for their great contributions to communities.