issues statement on Victory in Europe Day
MAY 8, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Victory in Europe Day:
“Today we celebrate the Canadian and Allied victory over the enemy in the Second World War. On May 8th, 1945, when the conflict in Europe officially ended with the victory of the Allied forces, Canadians held parades and sang and danced in the streets.
“Canadians had good cause to rejoice at the defeat of the Nazi regime that had come to power in Germany twelve years earlier. Over a million brave Canadians had served in the armed forces of the Dominions of Canada and Newfoundland to fight Nazi fascism, and over 45,000 gave their lives to secure our triumph.
“Canada had joined an international alliance of free nations to fight the Nazis. We fought because the free peoples of the West and our allies in Europe had been aggressively threatened or invaded by that evil regime. We sacrificed much to defeat them and in doing so, Canada not only helped to spare the world from the mortal threat of this tyranny, but also helped to liberate entire nations and peoples. Millions of people suffered under this regime, most notoriously the six million Jews who were brutally exterminated in the Holocaust.
“The war was a defining moment in Canadian history, propelled by the selfless acts of our sailors, soldiers and airmen. We will forever be indebted to them and their families, for their service to and sacrifices for our great country.
“On this day, I urge all Canadians to learn more about our country’s history, and to remember and honour all the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, but most especially those who served, and secured our victory, in the Second World War.”