Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2015

OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:

“Today, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide; an event which saw the destruction of the national and personal freedom of over a million people during and after the First World War.

“By recognizing the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, we are reminded of the pain and suffering endured by those affected, as we endeavor to achieve peace and reconciliation for the people of Armenia, and a stable and prosperous future for all of its citizens.

“While the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is a time for solemn remembrance, it also provides us with the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to never again be indifferent to hatred and genocide, nor remain silent to those who discriminate against others based on characteristics such as race, gender, or sexual orientation.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and the entire Liberal Caucus, I stand with Canadians across the country as we honour the memories of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.”