Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, and the tragic anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182:

“On June 23, 1985, the 329 people aboard Air India Flight 182, including 280 Canadians, were cruelly murdered in the deadliest terror attack in Canadian history.  In mere moments, Canada would be forever changed by the violence carried out against these innocent passengers.

“Today, we remember the victims of this tragedy – including the many family members who had loved ones viciously stolen from them.

“In 2005, in the memory of this attack, June 23rd was declared National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorism. On this day, we mourn for every life that has been cut short by terrorism and re-commit to strengthening our country so that all Canadians can live without fear, in peace and security.

“We also renew our commitment to working with our allies to build a world where no one has to live in fear of violence.

“Canada will never allow these evil attacks to divide us from one another. Canadians will always stand together as we fiercely defend values of freedom, tolerance and democracy.”