People across Canada came together today to remember the sacrifice made 100 years ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. For the first time ever, all four Canadian Divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together.
Although the Battle of Vimy Ridge is recognized as a “distinctly Canadian triumph” that helped to create “a stronger sense of national identity” and raised Canada’s stature internationally, the statue “Canada Bereft“, which stands on Vimy Ridge, reflects the heavy cost. Of the 97,184 Canadian soldiers that fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge over 10,000 were killed or wounded.
A century after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, peace remains elusive in many parts of the world. Canada continues to play an important role in collaboration with our allies to support efforts to ensure the safety, security and freedom of people around the globe.
Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton, joined members of the Royal Canadian Legion including Winston Spratt, Vice President, South Carleton Branch #314, this morning at the Vimy Memorial Bridge which crosses the Rideau River between Barrhaven and Riverside South.
As a member of the Conservative government, Pierre was instrumental in securing federal funding for the Vimy Memorial Bridge which opened in 2014. He proudly supported its naming in memory of the Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge in 1917.