Statement on Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day
United Conservative Leader Jason Kenny has issued the following statement in recognition of Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day:
“Today we commemorate the first genocide of the twentieth century, the Meds Yaghern (Great Calamity) of the Armenian People.
“This is a day to honour the sacred memory of the some 1.5 million innocent children, women, and men killed in a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Pogroms, forced marches into the desert, mass killings and other brutality were planned and executed by members of the Ottoman regime against the Armenian minority community.
“Henry Morgentau, the American Ambassador to that regime, later wrote that ‘When the Turkish authorities gave the orders for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal the fact.’
“Contemporary international media reported details of the genocide as it unfolded, yet today some continue to deny the historical reality of this terrible crime.
“I was honoured to co-sponsor the successful 2004 House of Commons motion recognizing the Armenian Genocide, and establishing April 24 as a day of commemoration in Canada. I was also honoured to announce on this day in 2006 the Government of Canada’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide, on behalf of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“If we do not learn from the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them. And so let us rededicate ourselves to learning how hatred and enmity resulted in a campaign of genocidal violence against the Armenian people a century ago.”