Second Session, 44th General Assembly
49 Elizabeth II, 2000
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH HOLOCAUST
|Received and Read the First Time|
HONOURABLE BEATON TULK
Ordered to be printed by the Honourable House of Assembly
This Bill would establish Holocaust Memorial Day in the province as a day of reflection about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust.
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY IN THE PROVINCE
1. Short title
2. Holocaust Memorial Day
WHEREAS HaShoah, the Holocaust, refers to the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945;
AND WHEREAS six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators;
AND WHEREAS other atrocities were planned, organized and carried out by Nazi civil and military authorities and their collaborators, victimizing Jews and many other people because of race, religion, political belief, physical disability, mental disability or sexual orientation;
AND WHEREAS, during the Second World War, Canada and its allies, including many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, took part in a prolonged armed struggle, costly in human life and human suffering, to defeat the Nazis and their collaborators;
AND WHEREAS it is desirable to observe a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who fought to defeat the tyranny and genocide of the Nazis and their collaborators;
AND WHEREAS that day would provide an opportunity to reflect upon and educate the people of the province about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and to consider other instances of systematic destruction of peoples, human rights issues and the multicultural reality of modern society;
AND WHEREAS Yom HaShoah, the Day of the Holocaust, is determined in each year by the Jewish lunar calendar;
THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the Holocaust Memorial Day Act.
Holocaust Memorial Day
2. Yom HaShoah, the Day of the Holocaust, as determined each year by the Jewish lunar calendar, shall be kept and observed as Holocaust Memorial Day in the province.
ŠEarl G. Tucker, Queen's Printer