My thoughts on 101st anniv of beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

April 26, 2016

My thoughts on 101st anniv of beginning of the Armenian Genocide. #ChallengeDeniers #Vigilance

Canadians will never - must never - forget the Medhz Yegern - the
Armenian Genocide – which began April 24th, 101 years ago.

As we commemorate the sombre anniversary of the first
Genocide of the 20th Century and pay tribute to the 1 and a half
million Armenians annihilated by the Turkish Government, we
hear chilling echoes of the Ottoman Era today in Syria, Nagorno
Karabakh and Turkey.

While modern day Turkey, incredibly, stubbornly, denies still its
distant history, Turkey’s current president - in the wake of
Azerbaijan’s attack on Nagorno-Karabakh this month - pledged
Turkish support for Azerbaijan “to the end”.

And, of course, our hearts go out to the people of Aleppo and
other Armenian communities in Syria, shattered by Daesh and
Syria’s other terrorist groups. A century later, descendants of the
1915 Genocide are dying and displaced again.

At the same time, it is reassuring and inspiring to welcome among
us recent arrivals to the Armenian diaspora, new members of
Canadian society.

I sincerely hope that the leaders in Istanbul and Baku are listening
today and on April 24th to the voices raised at events in Canada
and abroad, as the world reflects on the century-old crime against 
humanity, as the world commemorates the victims, as the world
recognizes the survivors and their descendants, as we vow,
again, to remain vigilant against all forms of hatred and prejudice.