Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Mr. Mark Adler (York Centre, CPC) on Raoul Wallenberg Exhibit

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to mark the opening of the Raoul Wallenberg exhibit, called “To me there’s no other choice”, at the Canadian War Museum here in Ottawa.

A Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg risked his life to save 100,000 Hungarian Jews from death during the Holocaust. It was a selfless act for a greater good during one of history’s darkest periods.

This exhibit will offer Canadians the chance to learn more about Raoul Wallenberg and his legacy in standing up for our fellow men and women against the horrific evils of anti-Semitism.

Raoul Wallenberg was the first Canadian to receive honorary citizenship in 1985. Last month, our Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism was on hand with members of Mr. Wallenberg’s family at the naming of the Raoul Wallenberg Room at Canada’s embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

Our government is committed to continuing his legacy of standing up for the natural rights and freedoms of all, and rejecting hatred and prejudice.

I ask that my colleagues join me in welcoming this important exhibit to our nation’s capital.