Premier Honours Holocaust Survivors
Urges Ontarians To Promote Tolerance And Understanding
QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today joined the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem in honouring victims of the Holocaust, paying tribute to survivors and encouraging Ontarians to promote tolerance and understanding in their communities.
"Tolerance, respect and understanding are values that have defined our province and that Ontarians continue to hold dear," said Premier McGuinty. "By recognizing those who endured the Holocaust, we are reminded that we must always remain vigilant in protecting the rights and dignity of every citizen in every community."
Yom ha-Shoah, the provincial Holocaust Memorial Day, was established in 1998 as an opportunity to educate Ontarians about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and to recognize Holocaust survivors. As part of today's ceremony, Premier McGuinty presented scrolls to 11 people who survived the Holocaust, built new lives in Ontario and made outstanding contributions to their communities and the province.
"Humanity will forever be haunted by the Holocaust, but we are also touched and inspired by the strength of the individuals who have triumphed in the face of tyranny and oppression," said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
"We must not tolerate hatred and intolerance. We must always stand up for each and every Ontarian," said Premier McGuinty. "We must continue working together, educating our youth and ensuring that every Ontarian has the opportunity to reach their full potential in strong, safe communities throughout the province."