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Prime Minister Trudeau Condemns Antisemitism and Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ottawa – In a poignant statement released today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, by expressing profound sorrow for the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The Prime Minister’s words carried added weight as he underscored Canada’s commitment to combatting antisemitism and ensuring the safety and security of Jewish Canadians.

Trudeau didn’t shy away from addressing recent events, notably the deadly terrorist attacks on Israel perpetrated by Hamas on October 7, 2023. He unequivocally condemned these acts of terror, emphasizing that Hamas’s actions were indefensible and had no place in any legitimate struggle. Trudeau also lamented the disturbing rise in antisemitic incidents following the attacks, reaffirming the government’s resolve to stand with the Jewish community and combat hate in all its forms.

As a tangible demonstration of Canada’s commitment, Trudeau highlighted key investments aimed at Holocaust remembrance and combatting hate crimes. The recently announced Budget 2024 includes a $5 million investment for a new permanent national Holocaust remembrance program, as well as over $273 million over six years to implement Canada’s Action Plan on Combatting Hate. These initiatives reflect Canada’s dedication to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and fostering a society free from hate and discrimination.

Trudeau’s message resonated strongly with Jewish Canadians, many of whom have faced increased anxiety and insecurity in the wake of rising antisemitism. His assurance of solidarity and support serves as a beacon of hope in challenging times, reminding all Canadians of the importance of standing together against hate and intolerance.


Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement on Yom HaShoah carries significant weight, particularly in light of recent global events and the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents. His unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism and terrorism reaffirms Canada’s commitment to upholding the values of inclusivity, tolerance, and remembrance.

In the Greater Toronto Area, home to a vibrant and diverse Jewish community, Trudeau’s words are particularly poignant. As we commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s essential to reflect not only on the atrocities of the past but also on our collective responsibility to combat hate and bigotry in the present day.

Trudeau’s pledge to support initiatives aimed at Holocaust remembrance and combating hate crimes is a positive step forward. It demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing the root causes of antisemitism while fostering a culture of remembrance and education.

As residents of the GTA, we must heed Trudeau’s call to action and stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors. By rejecting antisemitism in all its forms and promoting understanding and acceptance, we can build a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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