“We join with our Jewish friends and neighbours in Ontario and across Canada in solemnly remembering the millions of victims who were methodically executed during the Holocaust.
“Although Europe’s Jews were the Nazi’s chief targets, they killed many others on account of their religion, disability, political ideology, ethnicity and sexual orientation. During this dark episode in history, the world saw the depths to which humanity can sink when evil is left unchecked.
“We are reminded that even in those darkest times, there were those who worked to save others. Honorary Canadian citizen Raoul Wallenberg created a network to help those fleeing persecution. He worked with other diplomats from the Holy See and Switzerland to save even more lives.
“As we honour the legacies of the lives lost to Nazi evil, this is a time for all of us to reflect on our common humanity and our responsibility to use our collective voice to call out tyranny and oppression.”