Ottawa, April 8, 2013 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“On Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – we reflect on the unique horror of the Holocaust, and remember the 6 million innocent men, women and children who were brutally murdered by the Nazis. In Israel, Yom HaShoah is a national memorial day. In Canada, communities gather across the country to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, pay tribute to the survivors, and recognize the righteous individuals who risked their lives to save others.
“Although the Shoah stands alone in the annals of human evil for its systematic cruelty and killing, it is essential that we never forget the lessons of the past and continue to educate future generations about the pernicious effects of prejudice and hatred. This is why Canada is committed to Holocaust remembrance, education and research, and to leading global efforts to fight anti-Semitism.
“Last month, Canada assumed the position of chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. We assumed this role with a sense of pride and duty and have committed to an ambitious campaign in the year ahead to raise Holocaust awareness and combat anti-Semitism, both domestically and internationally.
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I encourage Canadians to use the occasion of Yom HaShoah to learn about the Holocaust, commemorate the victims, and pledge to combat anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of discrimination.”