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December 05, 2010 14:47 ET

Government of Canada Breaks Ground on Montreal Memorial for Victims of Air India Flight 182

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2010) - Today, in a solemn ceremony on Monk Island, ground was broken on the final of four memorials dedicated to the victims of the atrocity of the Air India flight 182 bombing. The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, joined families of the victims of the bombing at the future site of the memorial in Montreal.

"The Memorial we will build on this site will serve as a place for quiet contemplation to remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history. It will be a reminder to Canadians that we are not immune from the treat of terrorism," said Minister Kenney. "This week, the Harper Government will bring forward the Air India Action Plan which will lay out a roadmap to help ensure that such a terrible and senseless act does not happen again." 

The monument will pay tribute to the 331 people who lost their lives 25 years ago on Air India flight 182 and at Japan's Narita Airport. It will be located on Monk Island in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in Montreal. The memorial site was provided by Parks Canada and will feature a commemorative plaque at the centre of a clearing encircled by lilac trees.

Memorials were also unveiled in Toronto and Vancouver in 2007, and a refurbished site was rededicated in Ottawa in 2008.

The Montreal memorial will be unveiled in the summer of 2011. 

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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