Statement by the Hon. Andrew Scheer in observation of Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

APRIL 24, 2019


OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement on Armenian Genocide Memorial Day:

“Today, marks the sombre anniversary of the Armenian genocide, or Medz Yeghern, which began 104 years ago. In this atrocity, about 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children of all ages were killed and the Armenian people endured a degree of suffering which we can scarcely imagine, the wounds of which have still not healed.

“Our duty to remember must be backed by actions that would prevent future generations from committing grave mistakes of the past. We must learn the lessons of this awful chapter of the world’s history and educate our children about the consequences of hatred and intolerance. Unfortunately, there are millions of people around the world facing imminent threat, persecution and genocidal policies of hate ideologies.

“I am extremely proud that our previous Conservative government was the first Government of Canada to finally recognize the Armenian Genocide in 2006. Canada’s Conservatives will always be a staunch defender of freedom, democracy and human rights wherever these fundamental values are under attack.

“On today’s anniversary, Canada`s Conservatives join the Armenian community and all Canadians in remembrance, and in the hope that the memory of these events will lead to peace, mutual respect, recognition of everyone’s right to dignity, and a firm resolve to never let these atrocities happen again.

“We join all Armenian Canadians and Armenians around the world in paying tribute to the victims of the Armenian genocide.”