Tomorrow, Canada will join the international community to observe the 2nd Annual International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust.
In accordance with the United Nations General Assembly resolution, January 27 was designated to mark the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. It is a day that will forever serve as a reminder of the horrendous crimes committed against humanity.
As we take this time to remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust, we must recommit ourselves to never again allow hatred and intolerance to take precedence over understanding, dignity and mutual respect. We must resolve to learn from this tragedy and to educate our children about this significant time in our history.
The Liberal Party of Canada and its Parliamentary Caucus joins all Canadians in observing this solemn anniversary. We are proud that one of our members, the Hon. Irwin Cotler, former Attorney General and current Liberal Human Rights Critic, will be in Geneva on January 29th, 2007, to deliver the key-note speech at the official United Nations ceremony for this important event.
May we always remember.