Response on Michael
Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the petition before Parliament concerning events in India of November 1984
Published on June 1, 2010
Ottawa - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement today on a petition to be presented to Parliament concerning the events in India which occurred after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in November 1984. “There is a petition that will be presented in Parliament this month which characterizes the three-day eruption of violence in the wake of the assassination of Indira Gandhi as ‘an organized campaign of genocide’ against those of the Sikh faith.
“The circumstances of 1984 were undoubtedly tragic; many innocent people died violently in a highly-charged atmosphere of religious tensions, but describing these events as genocide is not accurate or appropriate, particularly in view of genuine contemporary instances such as Rwanda. “It is used here to provoke a charged, visceral response which will not bring Canadians closer to mutual understanding and closure in regard to these tragic events. “The Liberal Party of Canada will always support any initiative which promotes justice for human rights abuses throughout the world, as it seeks peaceful resolutions to long-standing, violent conflicts.
“It will never stand with those who seek to polarize communities, or aggravate the tensions around long-standing conflicts that divided us in other lands. “On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our parliamentary caucus, let me affirm that we will never support any initiative which seeks to tear the threads of mutual respect and common citizenship we share as Canadians.”