Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Baird Offers Condolences After Deadly Explosion in Bulgaria

July 18, 2012 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the deadly terrorist attack on a bus carrying tourists, some of them from Israel, in the Bulgarian city of Burgas.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones in the deadly explosion. I wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

“Canada condemns such heinous acts without reservation and is confident that Bulgarian authorities will do all they can to ensure the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice.”

Today’s deadly bombing comes on the 18th anniversary of the devastating attack on a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that killed 85 and injured hundreds more, for which Iranian officials and a Hezbollah operative have been accused by the Argentine judicial authorities. It is thus a sad reminder of the need to remain vigilant against anti-Semitic violence, which can strike anywhere around the world.

Minister Baird has referred to the fight against terrorism as the great struggle of this generation and has said that, too often, Israelis find themselves on the front lines of this struggle. Canada stands with freedom-loving countries around the world in condemning terrorism in all its forms.