Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
International Day for the Commemoration of the Holocaust

Mr. Chris Warkentin (Peace River, CPC): [Warkentin.C@parl.gc.ca]

"Mr. Speaker, January 27 was International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was the worst of human nature. It was the systematic murder of the European Jewish people by the Nazi regime. The casualty count for this horror is estimated at six million people. Many other ethnic, religious and cultural groups also suffered oppression and death. This must never, ever happen again.

As was stated at an international forum on the Holocaust, ‘We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.’

We all share a commitment to honour the victims of the Holocaust and those who stood against it.

It is said that those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Therefore, I call upon all members of the House to join our government in declaring ‘never again’."