Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Holocaust Memerial Day

Mr. Speaker, today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. Across this country, Canadians will remember, reflect, and most importantly, ensure that we never forget one of the greatest tragedies in human history.
 
The extermination of millions of Jewish people during World War II was a crime against all humankind. It is a priority of our government to ensure that the Holocaust is properly taught and commemorated both in Canada and around the world. We have committed to host the next meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism, in 2010.
 
In partnership with the French and American governments, we will co-host with B’nai Brith a conference entitled, "The St. Louis Era: Looking Back, Moving Forward".
 
Also this summer, Canada will take the next step toward becoming a full member in the Holocaust task force.
 
Canada was the first country in the world to withdraw from the anti-Semitic Durban Review Conference.
 
To acknowledge the singular horror of the Holocaust is to acknowledge that there are lines we may never cross and that human rights are either universal or non-existent.