(Minghui.org) May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day, this year is the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction. Elected officials at provincial and city levels sent greeting letters, videos, and proclamations to congratulate World Falun Dafa Day. A total of 120 letters, videos, and proclamations were received so far. The following are letters and videos from 16 elected officials.

First row, left to right: Anna Roberts, Member of Parliament (MP); Ted Falk, MP of the Conservative Party; Colin Carrie, MP; and Garnett Genuis, MPSecond row, left to right: Mark Gerretsen, MP; Ryan Williams, MP; Belinda Karahalios, Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) of Ontario; and Christine Tell, MPP of SaskatchewanThird row, left to right: Diljeet Brar, MPP of Manitoba; Barry Ward, Deputy Mayor of the City of Barrie; City Councilor Natalie Harris of Narrie; Mayor Basil Clarke of RamaraFourth row, left to right: Dean Pappas, City Councilor of Petersburg; Mayor Michael Bradley of the City of Sarnia; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua of Vaughan City; Ron Starr, City Councilor of Mississauga

Greeting letter from Anna Roberts, MP, Ontario

Anna Roberts, MP, wrote in her letter, “Guided by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, Falun Dafa is an ancient practice that transcends barriers and embraces people from all walks of life. In promoting peace and harmony, the teachings of Falun Dafa help people around the world to improve their spiritual and physical wellbeing.

“In Canada, we are privileged to embrace the values of openness, diversity, and freedom of belief. In this spirit, your message of truth, compassion and tolerance is inspiring to people of all backgrounds. It resonates with Canadians where these principles are central to our democratic society.

“Your efforts continue to serve as motivation to all of us that we should always make time to promote goodwill and humanitarian acts of kindness.”

Letter from Ted Falk, MP, Ottawa

Video greeting from Colin Carrie, MP

Video greeting from Garnett Genuis, MP

Letter from Mark Gerretsen, MP, Ottawa

Letter from Ryan Williams, MP

Letter from Belinda Karahalios, MPP, of Cambridge, Ontario

Letter from Christine Tell, MPP, of Saskatchewan

Video greeting from Diljeet Brar, MPP, of Manitoba

Letter from Deputy Mayor Barry Ward of the City of Barrie

Message from Councilor Natalie Harris of Barrie

Letter from Mayor Basil Clarke of Ramara

Letter from Councilor Dean Pappas of the City of Peterborough

Letter from Mayor Michael Bradley of the City of Sarnia

Letter from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua of the City of Vaughan

Letter from Councilor Ron Starr of the City of Mississauga

Background: What Is Falun Dafa?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.