Until yesterday, Canada was the only allied power who fought during World War II not to have a holocaust museum.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, never shy of a photo opportunity, decided to change that so he was eager to open the new holocaust monument entitled "Landscape of Loss, Memory, and Survival”.
During the unveiling, Trudeau said: "Today we reaffirm our unshakeable commitment to fight anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and discrimination in all its forms, and we pay tribute to those who experienced the worst of humanity.”
All went well, photo opportunity meant glaring headlines in all Canadian newspapers the next morning for the young Prime Minister. There was only one glitch though.
The plaque in the middle of the monument read: "The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of men, women, and children murdered during the Holocaust and honor the survivors who persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history. The monument recognizes the contribution those survivors have made to Canada and serves as a reminder that we must be vigilant in standing guard against hate, intolerance, and discrimination.”
So no mention of the Jewish people then? At a Holocaust monument?
For a monument that cost 9 million Canadian dollars, that seems like a pretty big error.
The Conservative opposition party was quick to point out the glaring error. Member of Parliament David Sweet said: “If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right. How could the prime minister permit such a glaring omission of reference to anti-Semitism and the fact that the millions of men, women, and children who were murdered were overwhelmingly Jewish?"
Prime Minister Trudeau has already faced criticism in 2016 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day when his statement did not mention the suffering of the Jewish people.
He may want to check his speeches and plaques as form now on.