Canadian MPs say “Never Again” in honour of Yom Hashoah

Following Adler’s presentation of this statement this afternoon, the House of Commons observed a minute of silence to mark Yom Ha’Shoah

(OTTAWA) April 4, 2012 Mark Adler, MP rose in the House of Commons today to make the following statement:

Mr. Speaker, on the evening of April 18th, Jewish communities around the world will come together and mark Yom HaShoa, a special day of remembrance for the suffering and murder of millions of innocent men, women and children during The Holocaust. Mr. Speaker, as Parliamentarians it is our duty to ensure that “never again” is about more than just words, it is about action.

While there are numerous examples of our governments work in the fight against anti-Semitism, I am most proud that in the 2010 speech from the Throne, our Government committed to supporting the National Holocaust Memorial, which will be located in the National Capital Region.

On April 19th, this Yom HaShoah, I ask you to join me in rejecting anti-Semitism in all its virulent forms and in remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

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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. Thomas Mulcair (Outremont, NDP):

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.

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Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate National Holocaust Remembrance Day, a remembrance of horrors too terrible to be believed but not too terrible to have happened, of the Holocaust as a war against the Jews in which not all victims were Jews but all Jews were targeted victims – defamed, demonized and dehumanized  - as prologue and justification for their destruction.

As a reminder of the dangers state-sanctioned incitement to hatred and genocide; of the danger of the oldest and most enduring of hatreds, anti-Semitism; of indifference and inaction in the face of incitement and mass atrocity; of the targeting of the vulnerable, whom the Nazis spoke of as having “lives not worth living”; of the culture of impugnity; of the dangers of forgetting, ignoring, trivializing or denying the Holocaust; and, remembering also, on this centenary of Raoul Wallenberg, this hero of the Holocaust who demonstrated that one person can resist, that one person can confront evil, that one person can prevail, that one person can transform history.

Let us pledge never again to be silent or indifferent in the face of evil. Plus jamais.