Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Official Opposition, NDP) on Holocaust Remembrance Day

M. Thomas Mulcair (chef de l’opposition, NPD): (English following)

Monsieur le Président, chaque année, nous marquons un temps d’arrêt pour nous recueillir et pour nous souvenir d’un génocide inhumain pourtant commis par des humains.

The systematic planning and carrying out of the destruction of six million human lives is an unequalled tragedy in a century that saw far too many.

Yom HaShoah, le jour de commémoration de l’holocauste, nous contraint de regarder en face ce qu’était ce génocide: le meurtre brutal de six millions de juifs parce qu’ils étaient juifs, six millions de femmes, d’hommes et d’enfants, et des millions d’autres déplacés, pourchassés parce qu’ils étaient juifs.

Today, we remember, but we also must remember to act against intolerance, racism and hatred of any kind.

Mr. Speaker, every year, we take a moment to remember and reflect on an inhuman genocide carried out by human beings. The systematic planning and carrying out of the destruction of six million human lives is an unequalled tragedy in a century that saw far too many.  On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust remembrance day, we are all called to contemplate the truth of the genocide: the brutal murder of six million Jews simply because they were Jewish, of six million women, men and children, in addition to the millions who were displaced and hunted just because they were Jewish. Today, we remember, but we also must remember to act against intolerance, racism and hatred of any kind.