Statement by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on the Occasion of the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne issued a statement on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Below is the text:

“On behalf of the Government of Ontario, it is my distinct honour to join the Armenian community in commemorating Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

History is a great teacher — for those whose hearts and minds are open to its lessons. That is why we gather today to remember the 1.5 million Armenians who were deprived of their freedom, property, cultural heritage and lives. The Armenian Genocide is a compelling reminder of our obligation to learn from the lessons of our history.

While we have come a long way from those dark days, reports of hate crimes in North America and around the world serve to remind us that we must remain ever-vigilant against all forms of bigotry and intolerance.

I thank the Armenian community for all they have brought to Ontario’s multicultural success story. Your remembrance helps ensure that future generations will learn from Medz Yeghern, the Great Crime.

Please accept my best wishes for a meaningful day.”