Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the commemoration of Yom Hashoah:
“On Yom HaShoah, Canadians of all faiths will stand together to remember the suffering and murder of the millions of innocent men, women and children who were victims of the Holocaust.
“It is important that we take this opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and their families. It helps keep strong the conviction in our hearts to do everything we can – through our actions and our words – to stand firm against the forces of intolerance and remain vigilant against genocide. Only through these continued efforts can we ensure that such atrocities never happen again.
“Our government remains vigilant, both at home and abroad, against all forms of racism and discrimination, including the malignant hatreds of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. We vigorously oppose and condemn anti-Semitism no matter where it is found and no matter what shape it takes. We will never waver in our commitment to defend religious freedom.”
“The Holocaust stands alone in the annals of human history. It was not just a crime perpetrated against a specific group of people; it was a crime that challenged the fundamental values all civilized peoples hold dear: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We will continue to stand against any forces that oppose these essential principles. We must never allow the crimes of the past to be repeated or forgotten. We are committed to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten.”