Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement to recognize Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day:
“Tonight at sundown, Canadians and in particular, Jewish Canadians will commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Between 1933 and 1945, approximatively six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis. Today, we honour the brave survivors, and recognize those who risked their lives to save others.
“The rituals of Yom HaShoah hold tremendous meaning for the Jewish community and many other Canadians. Tonight and tomorrow, in private homes, synagogues, and temples, families and friends will gather. Many will light a memorial candle, sing, pray for the victims, and recount the stories of Holocaust survivors.
“Yom HaShoah is a time to reflect on the atrocities of one of the darkest chapters in human history. On this day, we also reaffirm our commitment to Holocaust remembrance and education. It is an opportunity to reiterate our steadfast commitment to fight anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of discrimination – whenever and wherever they occur – so that such horrors never take place again.
“On behalf of Sophie and our family, I extend my thoughts and prayers to all those observing Yom HaShoah.”
Official Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose issued the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“Yom HaShoah is a solemn occasion to commemorate the six million innocent Jewish men, women and children who were systematically and ruthlessly murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
“Today, Canadians of all backgrounds reflect on the horrors of the Shoah, remember the victims, honour the survivors, and recognize the righteous individuals who risked their lives to save others.
“The Holocaust was one of the darkest chapters in the history of humanity. We must never forget the lessons it taught us, and on this occasion we must re-dedicate ourselves to the fight against the prejudice and hatred that led to such cruel barbarity and inhumanity.
“We have always been proud to support Holocaust remembrance and education both in Canada and around the world. As a Government, we took a leading role in the fight against the scourge of anti-Semitism, including against efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel.
“On this day, I encourage all Canadians to participate in the remembrance of the Holocaust, to honour the victims and the survivors, and to make a sincere commitment to ‘never again’.”