On January 27, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau released a statement on occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This time, unlike in 2016, he mentioned Jews.
“Today, we mourn the more than six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and the countless other victims of Nazi atrocities. We also honour the survivors still with us today, and pledge to keep their memories alive for generations to come.
“As the years pass, and Holocaust survivors become fewer, our task becomes even more urgent. We must never forget humanity’s capacity for deliberate evil and destruction, and the dangers of anti-Semitism, indifference, and silence in the face of atrocity. Survivors’ stories must be told, and retold.
“Words too often stand in the place of action. When we vow, ‘Never again’, we recommit ourselves to a world that goes beyond tolerance and learns to love its differences. We pledge to always speak out against racism and hate, and stand on guard against a resurgence of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
“Today, I encourage Canadians to reflect on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, and share the stories of those whose lives were tragically lost and those who survived the unspeakable. We must never forget.”
In 2016, Trudeau came under fire for erasing from his statement all reference to six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis. When pressed for answers, his office reassured the Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun that the statement “was an incorrect draft issued in error”.
And in October of last year, Trudeau again came under fire after unveiling a memorial plaque at the Ottawa National Holocaust Monument which didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism. The plaque read: “The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and honours the survivors who persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history.”
The plaque was quickly removed by Liberal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly who promised to replace it with “language that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people.”