Mr. Speaker, on October 28, 1940, the Greek government refused demands from Nazi Germany to occupy Greece.
On October 28, 1940, Greece said no to Nazi Germany.
On October 28, 1940, Greece, this small country in the Mediterranean, entered World War II. Greece joined the Allied forces.
On behalf of the Canadian Alliance, the official opposition, I would like to commend all those who gave their lives for peace, justice and equality. Greeks fought in this terrible war alongside many Canadian troops.
Canadians of Greek origin remember this day as the day of Ohi . I would like to pay tribute to all the brave young soldiers who put their country ahead of everything else. Greece and Canada will always remember their fight for freedom.