Honourable Brian Masse, MP
Date: October 19, 2010
At this time of overwhelming and conflicting emotions of joy, pride, sadness and happiness mixed together, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your selfless efforts in supporting Canadian Bosniaks.
Passing of the Motion M-416 and today’s proclamation of Srebrenica Remembrance Day in Canadian Parliament is an enormous moment of pride and time for reflection for many Bosniaks who found their new home in Canada.
Even though you were faced with many challenges on this journey you never had a doubt that you are fighting for the right thing and you inspired us to work even harder. You represent the true leader and advocate for those who need a voice in the Parliament. Your passion about your job and desire to go above and beyond your job description to make sure our voices are heard is truly an extraordinary trait worthy of true leader. Your efforts will impact many people in Canada and in Bosnia. To Bosniaks in Canada and all over the world, this will send a healing message that someone out there is still thinking of them and their loved ones, who perished as a result of aggression and genocide. We remember those who lost their loved ones and those who are no longer with us all over Bosnia and Herzegovina and those who gave their lives so that there is future. We should never forget any injustice anywhere in the world.
Brian, Your Efforts, will never be forgotten. The words can neither express nor measure our gratitude for the opportunity to meet you and your tireless team who carried the torch of righteousness and justice to Canadian Parliament and today shone some light of truth for those who still wonder in the dark. It is our hope that every family that is still grieving will get some comfort in knowing they are not forgotten, and for those who are still looking for their loved ones in the mass graves, provide hope that they will be found and buried properly. It is our hope that this will also spark an even stronger effort to recognize and prevent genocide anywhere in the World.
In the words of remarkable Margaret Mead we say “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.
Prof Emir Ramic, Director Institute for Research of Genocide Canada and President of the Board of Directors of the Congress of North American Bosniaks – Canadian Branch
Haris Alibasic, MPA, President of the Board of Directors of the Congress of North American Bosniaks
Dr. Zijad Delic, National Director of the Islamic Congress of Canada
Tajib ef. Pasanbegovic, Head Imam of the Bosniak Community in Canada
Zeljko Milicevic, President of the Justice for Bosnia Task Force
Daniel Toljaga, Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada
Senad Pasalic, Secretary of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
Sanela Gorovic, Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
Mirsad Smajic, Member of the Board of Directors of the Congress of North American Bosniaks- Canadian Branch
Aldina Muslija, Member of the Board of Directors of the Congress of North American Bosniaks- Canadian Branch, Member of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
Senad Alicehajic, Bosniak Community Windsor