What is Bill 79?
- If passed, Bill 79, the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day Act, would declare December 13th of each year to be Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day in Ontario.
- The Nanjing Massacre, or the Rape of Nanjing, was a six-week massacre initiated by Japanese imperial forces on December 13, 1937 in the then-capital of China, Nanjing. More than 200, 000 Chinese soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the massacre and tens of thousands of women in Nanjing were sexually assaulted during the capture of the city.
Why support Bill 79?
- The Bill focuses on global humanity issue that is affecting Ontarians. - As an inclusive society, Ontario acknowledges that global human rights and injustices have an impact in our diverse communities.
- Bill 79 will promote re-dress and reconciliation amongst communities in Ontario impacted by the atrocities and tragedies during WWII in Asia.
- Ontario already recognizes a number of genocides and human rights atrocities, including Holocaust Memorial Day and Holodomor Memorial Day. The Armenian genocide has also been recognized by the Government of Canada.
- Educates Ontarians and raise awareness of the atrocities and tragedies during WWII in Asia.
What are some of the false arguments against Bill 79?
- Myth: Bill 79 will lead to tensions between Japanese-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian communities in Ontario. Fact: Bill 79 focuses on a day to remember and honour the victims of the atrocities and related tragedies during WWII in Asia. Many Japanese-Canadian organizations are supporting the bill..
- Myth: The passing of Bill 79 will lead to sanctions against Ontario by the Japanese government. Fact: In the past, similar threats were made by Turkish government against the federal government when it recognized the Armenian Genocide. - Myth: Reports on the Nanjing Massacre are false or exaggerated. Fact: The Nanjing Massacre has been recognized by UNESCO.
Who supports Bill 79?
- To date, over 60,000 Ontarians from across the province have signed petitions in support of Bill 79.
- Bill 79 is supported by numerous organizations and individuals, including ALPHA Education, the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders organization, Chinese-Canadian business associations, Veterans for Peace, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition of Toronto, the Honorable Bob Rae, former MP Olivia Chow, award-winning author Erna Paris and many prominent Ontarians like Hughes Eng.
You can download the PDF file of the petition below.
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