Canada’s Trudeau Stays True to Genocide Recognition

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

OTTAWA—In his inaugural year in office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In a statement dated April 24, 2016 which he shared with the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC), Prime Minister Trudeau recalls resolutions of both the Senate and the House of Commons recognizing the Armenian Genocide and states that “[Canadians] preserve the memory of those who lost their lives, and those who suffered, during this genocide and pay our deepest respects to their descendants, including those who now call Canada home.”

“We are encouraged to see that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding true to Canada’s commitment to condemn acts of genocide, including the Armenian Genocide,” stated ANCC President Dr. Girair Basmadjian. “While the Prime Minister’s message reaffirms the Canadian government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the need to prevent future genocides, it fails to condemn successive Turkish governments that perpetrated the Armenian Genocide between 1915 and 1923, nor does it condemn the ongoing denial campaign by the Republic of Turkey,” concluded Basmadjian.

The ANCC believes firmly that “Canada’s back” and as a world leader in promoting and protecting human rights and democratic values in other states should help Turkey acknowledge its past by condemning all forms of denial. The ANCC and the Armenians who have chosen Canada as home will continue to work with our government and elected representatives throughout Canada to ensure that future statements include condemnation of any denial by successive Turkish governments.

On the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Canadian Parliament designated April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month and April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day. On the 101st anniversary, the Prime Minister’s statement is an important part of the Canadian government’s commitment to remember and condemn past genocides and work to prevent future genocides.

The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Armenian-Canadian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-Canadian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.


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  1. John Hovagi said:

    It’s now YOUR turn President Obama (as you promised 8 years ago to get our votes0… We did our part, now please deliver what you HAD promised… A world known criminal –Turkish’s Tyrant Leader ERDOGAN–, a proven ISIS supplier & profiteer should be Locked up.. Erdogan should first turn over the ISLAMIC Turkish Ottoman Empire’s hidden records on The Turkish Ottoman Islamist Trade of African Slaves to American Universities and the Catholic Church who used it to Fund their American operations.. (Hey Hillary Clinton! GET TO WORK –also alert your lying husband & “still waiting” Pres. Barack Obama– You “only” seem “Black-Friendly” & “Genocide Recognition Friendly” when you need their & our votes! CROOKED TROLL) .. Also, we the descendants of the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide, the Kurdish Genocide, the still-ongoing Islam Genocide of the African Continent — & historic Arabian Peninsula/+ the World in general– & the Greek Genocide are still waiting for recognition. Islam is conquering us ONE street at a time (like they did in Asia Minor & many other areas), while you useless politicians & Media just worry about stuffing their pockets from Islamic known and hidden donors from off-shore accounts. Pathetic.