23 June 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today marked the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism by launching the Kanishka Project and unveiling the fourth and final memorial for the victims of the Air India Flight 182 atrocity, which occurred 26 years ago today. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.
"On this day, we pause to remember those who have lost their lives due to acts of terrorism, both here in Canada and around the world," said Prime Minister Harper. "On June 23, 1985, Canadians experienced the worst terrorist attack in our history when a bomb on Air India Flight 182 killed all 329 passengers and crew members aboard, most of them Canadian."
The last of four memorials unveiled today for the victims of Air India Flight 182 honours the innocent lives that were lost and serves as a reminder of the need for continued vigilance. The Montreal memorial and three others in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver ensure that their deaths and the loss experienced by their loved ones will not be forgotten.
Through the Kanishka Project, funding will be provided for a range of initiatives – including conferences, publications and major research projects – that will help Canada build the knowledge base needed to effectively counter terrorism.
"Terrorism has not and will not undermine our way of life. Our society remains resilient because of the basic values that bind us and make us stronger – freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," added Prime Minister Harper. "The memory of the victims and the pain of their families strengthen our resolve to fight criminals and terrorists at home and abroad."
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