Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada

April 24, 2002

I am honored to extend my sincere greetings to all those participating in ceremonies to mark the 87th anniversary of the calamity suffered by the Armenian community.

Canadians share the sorrow of the Armenian community, which saw many of its members meet a tragic fate during the wars that marked the end of the Ottoman Empire. A large number of the survivors established roots in Canada and their contributions, as well as those of their descendants, to the building of our nation deserve recognition.

At this solemn time of remembrance, let us be reminded of the importance of working together to eliminate intolerance and fanaticism wherever it appears, and to promote reconciliation and cooperation among peoples.


The Right Honorable
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada