April 9th, 2018

NDP Statement on Vimy Ridge Day

The Leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet Singh, issued the following statement today to recognize Vimy Ridge Day:

Today we honour and remember the courage, dedication and sacrifice of all those who fought at Vimy Ridge. As we pay tribute to every Canadian who took on the call of duty, we offer our respect and thank them for their service.

101 years ago today, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force battled side by side and took control of the escarpment, 3,600 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

The tremendous bravery of these Canadian soldiers was remarkable. Their sound strategic planning and powerful artillery support have been widely credited with the success of the mission for the allied forces. We honour them by recognizing and remembering these tremendous qualities that led to such an important victory.

As we remember these sacrifices of the past, we also recommit ourselves to honouring the sacrifices being made by Canadian Armed Forces members currently striving to bring stability to regions around the world. At the same time, we must also never forget to honour their families and loved ones who continue to help support them in this honourable call of duty.

Lest we forget.