It is with deep and solemn reverence that I join Canadians across the country in commemorating Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Today, we remember the millions of people – the overwhelming majority of whom were Jewish – who were systematically murdered under the Nazi regime.
In Canada, where we have the Charter to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of every citizen and where we recognize that diversity is one of our strengths, it is difficult to imagine how this period of intolerable cruelty was possible.
As we struggle to understand these horrific crimes against humanity, we must recommit ourselves to never again allow hatred and intolerance to take precedence over understanding, dignity and mutual respect.
Together, we must resolve to learn from this tragedy and to educate our children to ensure future generations of Canadians do not forget.
May we always remember.