PM receives the Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership Award

 
TORONTO
31 May 2009

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today received the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership award.  The award is bestowed on leaders who best exemplify the values and actions of the late Simon Wiesenthal in the pursuit of justice and human rights.

“I am particularly humbled since this organization’s namesake, Simon Wiesenthal, was a man whose commitment to the principles of freedom, justice and human rights is world-renowned,” said the Prime Minister.  “We are inspired by his example and recommit ourselves to expose, confront and repudiate the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred, whenever and wherever they appear.”

The Harper Government has been firm in defending human rights and fighting anti-Semitism since taking office three years ago.  When the United Nations Durban Review Conference turned into a forum for the promotion of hatred, Canada was the first country to withdraw.  When Hamas formed the government of the Palestinian Authority and refused to drop its commitment to the eradication of the State of Israel and its people, Canada was the first country to suspend ties with and assistance to its government.

The Harper Government also supports the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and partnered with Winnipeg’s Asper family, the province of Manitoba, the city of Winnipeg and thousands of private donors to build the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

The Prime Minister received the award and made his remarks during the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Spirit of Hope Benefit at the Roy Thompson Hall.