August 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, released the following statement on the 77th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid:

“Today we remember a crucial day in the history of our country and the world. In the dark days of 1942 when Nazi forces occupied most of Europe, 5000 Canadian soldiers went forth to Dieppe, Puys, and Pourville. What would be later known as the Dieppe Raid, laid the groundwork for a successful D-Day invasion in 1944.

“Though the raid would provide crucial information and intelligence to the allied forces, the attack on August 19th was one of the costliest battles that our country  has ever been a part of. Just 2,210 Canadian soldiers returned from France, many of whom were injured.

“Canada’s heroes proved once again their courage and valour on that battlefield, two of whom earned the Victoria Cross for their bravery. They demonstrated to the people living under Nazi occupation that we would never give up the fight for freedom.

“Today, I encourage all Canadians to join me in honouring the souls lost, taken prisoner, and injured during the Dieppe Raid and all who fought for Canada throughout World War II, lest we forget. I also ask Canadians to take a moment to thank the brave and men women of the Canadian Armed Forces who continue to protect our freedom today.”

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham

(613) 947-9932

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