Holocaust Memorial Day
My statement in the House of Commons
May 2nd, 2019 - 3:18pm
Today marks Yom Ha’shoah, the day we commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. We honour the more than six million Jewish children, women, and men and others murdered by the Nazis and those who survived.
The generation of Holocaust survivors is slowly leaving this world, and it is even more important now that we never forget what happened.
They are warning us that history is repeating itself. And now we must fight back against growing anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism. Canada is not immune: B’nai Brith reports a record number of anti-Semitic incidents here in 2018 and the rise of anti-Semitism, for the fifth consecutive year, fueled by online hate.
It takes love and courage to move from hate to understanding; to stop being a bystander, and to become an ally instead. It takes extraordinary courage and resilience to learn from past mistakes.
Let us uphold a stronger framework of human rights that will allow us to say: “Never Again.”