Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada

April 24, 1996

Prime Minister — Canada

I am honoured to extend my greetings and sincere best wishes to the members of Canada's Armenian Community on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Armenian tragedy of 1915.

Canada recognizes and deplores the fact that a great number of Armenians were killed during the wars which marked the end of the Ottoman empire and extends its sympathy to the Armenian Community. Following the war, numerous displaced Armenians came to Canada and their contribution, as well as that of their descendants, has greatly enriched Canadian society. It is my hope that the memories of the past will serve to remind us of the importance of tolerance and respect for the diversity of our people.

Please accept my best wishes on this occasion.

Jean Chrétien

Ottawa 1995