David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands and Official Opposition critic for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today marked the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust:
“On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Canadians pause to commemorate the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the victims of ideological hatred and evil.
“In the seventy-one years since the liberation of Nazi death camps, the world has come to know of the senseless violence and systematic murder of six million Jews and countless other victims. Livelihoods were stripped, families were torn apart and lives were ended simply because of one’s religious beliefs, political ideology or lineage.
“Since these horrible events, Canada has rejected the ideas that fuelled such inhumanity and has stood as a beacon of hope and refuge for people of all cultures and faiths. However, today serves as an opportunity to reopen this chapter of human history, listen to and learn from the stories of the survivors, and to resolve to never again let history repeat itself.
“Canada’s Official Opposition joins with survivors of the Holocaust and their families in commemoration of one of humanity’s darkest hours. Today, let us reaffirm Canada’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism, intolerance and persecution wherever it exists.”