Trudeau gov’t forgets to mention Jews at Holocaust Monument, blasts ‘discrimination’ instead
OTTAWA, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Liberal government suffered obvious embarrassment after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dedicated the country’s National Holocaust Monument last week with the monument plaque lacking any mention of Jews or anti-Semitism.
The plaque — since temporarily removed — honored the "millions of men, women and children murdered" but did not reference the Jewish people’s part in the Holocaust.
Some six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, by far the largest group targeted by the Nazis for annihilation.
MPs and senators of the opposition Conservative Party made hay with the gaffe, according to BBC News.
Tweeted Senator Linda Frum:
In Justin Trudeau's Canada the new Holocaust Monument plaque doesn't mention Jews, Anti-Semitism or the 6 Million. pic.twitter.com/byPGME6V6S— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) October 3, 2017
"If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right," said MP David Sweet.
David Frum, political commentator and senior editor for The Atlantic, tweeted:
Not Canada’s proudest moment https://t.co/KHio7EncKl— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 4, 2017
The $8.9 million memorial, which contains six concrete triangles that form a diagonally stretched Star of David, was dedicated September 27. It is located at the corner of Wellington and Booth streets in Ottawa, near the Canadian War Museum.
Until last Wednesday, Canada was the only allied power from World War II that did not have a national Holocaust monument.
Some media outlets drew comparisons between the blunder and U.S. President Donald Trump similarly neglecting to reference the Jewish people on Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this year. The White House had said through a spokesperson the administration was an inclusive group and had taken into account all those who suffered.
The Canadian omission appeared to have been an oversight, the BBC reported.
Trudeau’s news release on the monument dedication had referenced the Jewish people and anti-Semitism, which he also did in his remarks at the monument unveiling.
Still, the omission from Canada’s National Holocaust Monument was Trudeau’s second failure to mention Jews when commemorating the Holocaust, the Toronto Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein said.
Trudeau had also neglected to mention that six million Jews died in the Holocaust when issuing a statement commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Week in January 2016.
Trudeau’s office said it was an honest mistake, and it had been later corrected, Goldstein said, but now the Trudeau government has made exactly the same blunder 20 months later.
“Every time the Trudeau government ‘forgets’ to mention Jews in relation to the Holocaust, it gives aid and comfort to Jew haters everywhere,” Goldstein wrote in an October 4 opinion piece.
Goldstein clarified that Jews were not the only group Hitler went after, though they were the only one specifically targeted for his Final Solution.
And he credited Trudeau for having denounced some movements that have been criticized as anti-Semitic, as well as Trudeau’s reported plans to apologize for the 1939 refusal to admit into Canada a boatload of Jews who were trying to flee Nazi Germany by then Liberal government of Mackenzie King.
“That said,” he wrote, “many Jews, including me, also believe Trudeau and the Liberals are far too cozy with many Jew-hating radical Muslims in Canada.”
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told Parliament the first plaque had been removed and would be replaced by one “with language that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people.”