Ottawa – The day before the Ride to Remember was to arrive on Parliament Hill to raise holocaust awareness, Edmonton East Member of Parliament Peter Goldring raised the issue in the House of Commons.
“We stand together with those whose lives were annihilated in the Holocaust,” he said. “We stand as one people, under the banner of humanity, united in our support to solemnly pledge, this day and forever - NEVER AGAIN.”
As Parliamentary co-chair of the “Never Again” committee, Mr. Golding has been the key organizer of the rally taking place on Parliament Hill Thursday May 31 at 11 a.m. where motorcyclists from five countries will come together to remember the victims of the Holocaust and pledge that they will stand together against deniers of atrocities and to call for an end to all genocide.
Riders from Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia and the United Kingdom will take part in the ceremony. Riders from the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance (JMA - an international umbrella organization for Jewish bikers worldwide) will be joined on Parliament Hill by Mission: M25 (an American Christian motorcycle group) and different Canadian motorcycle clubs, including The C.A.V., Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Club. In addition, a large contingent of leading members of Montreal’s Jewish community will be traveling to Ottawa for the event.
The full text of Mr. Goldring’s statement in the House follows:
Seventy years ago, the duly elected leader and government of a modern country, known for its contributions to the arts and culture, edicted mass murder of an unimaginable scale.
The world was shocked to learn of meticulous state records documenting millions who perished; horrendous evidence that evil resides everywhere when left unchecked due to apathy and indifference.
The goal was genocide: to obliterate Jews in all countries under Nazi control.
As the storm clouds of rhetoric and denial gather against Jews throughout the world:
We stand together to remember those whose lives were annihilated in the Holocaust.
We stand to condemn these acts of genocide and those that would deny the very atrocities that caused millions to perish at the hand of their fellow man.
Mr. Speaker, we stand as one people, under the banner of humanity, united in our support to solemnly pledge, this day and forever - NEVER AGAIN.