Conservative party leader Andrew Sheer
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Armenian Genocide Memorial Day:
“Today marks the sombre anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, also known as Medz Yeghern, in which 1.5 million innocent Armenian were killed.
“We pause together with Armenian Canadians in memory of the men, women and children who went through unimaginable suffering.
“While we honour the memory of those who perished 105 years ago, we must commit to never forget the lessons of this atrocious chapter in the world’s history, and we must acknowledge this grave crime for what it was.
“It was under the leadership of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that the Canadian government finally recognized the Armenian Genocide for the first time in 2006.
“Canada’s Conservatives will always be a staunch defender of freedom, tolerance and justice wherever these fundamental values are under attack.
“While the worldwide effort to deal with the coronavirus pandemic means we can’t gather physically today, Conservatives join the Armenian community and all Canadians in remembering the innocent victims and committing to do everything in our power to ensure these atrocities are acknowledged and never repeated.”