Statement on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terror
2014 Terrorist Attack on Parliament
06/23/21: Today on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism we stand in solidarity against all forms of terrorism. We recall the many incidents of terror that threatened our safety and security. This includes the 2014 attack on our National War Memorial and our Parliament, the very seat of our democracy.
We remember Corp. Nathan Cirillo who was brutally murdered on that day. At the time, I was privileged to honour his wife and young child on behalf of all Canadians.
As a nation that celebrates freedom and human rights we abhor violence and hate of all kinds. Canada has not been immune to terrorism including Air India flight 182 that took the lives of 329 people in 1985.
We support our police and law enforcement agencies and our Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, The Honourable Bill Blair in countering terrorism and keeping our nation safe.
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ABOUT: Avi Abraham Benlolo has been described as the nation's most prominent and noted expert in Holocaust studies, in countering Antisemitism and promoting human rights. He has dedicated nearly three decades in executive capacities, was founding President and CEO of a major organization in the Jewish community, has raised over $150 million for charities and is a leading voice in Canada. His academic research, graduate degree, Ph.D. coursework and nearly three decades of professional work has focused on these arenas in addition to peace and security in the Middle East. He has published hundreds of articles in these areas. In recognition of his national and international leadership in this area, he has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from a prestigious Israeli university for his work in Holocaust studies and combating antisemitism; an Order of Vaughan for his distinguished contribution to anti-racism, equity and diversity; the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada and a race relations award for best practice, based on distinguished service in promoting human rights.