June 30, 2012 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Like all Canadians, I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada and Canadians from every corner of our country, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of Israel, Mr. Shamir’s family and his friends.
“As we mourn the loss of this historic leader, we are reminded of his unwavering dedication to fighting for a strong, prosperous and free Israel.
“We remember his commitment to the people of Israel, those he served so loyally and those he loved so dearly.
“Canadians admired his selfless sacrifice to his country—the country he risked his life protecting and dedicated his career to serving.
“As our two countries share a special bond, it is during our nations’ most difficult hours that our ties endure, and our friendships flourish.
“We will remember him as a true leader, and a dear friend of Canada.
“May he rest in peace.”