August 19th, 2015

Statement by the NDP on the anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the anniversary of the Dieppe Raid:

“On this day, we remember the thousands of Canadians who were killed, injured or taken captive during the Dieppe landing, one of the worst chapters in Canada’s military history.

On August 19, 1942, the Second World War was raging in Europe. Of the 6,000 soldiers involved in the mission on Dieppe, France, 5,000 were Canadian. 1,000 of those soldiers were killed on site, while another 2,000 were taken captive by the Germans.

However, it is believed that this heavy defeat contributed to the success of the invasion and the liberation of the continent two years later on D-Day.

On behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada, I pay tribute to those who fought bravely for the freedom we enjoy today.

Lest we forget.”