VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the centenary of Canada’s entry into the First World War:
“Aug. 4, 2014, marks 100 years since Canada joined the British Empire as a participant in the Great War.
“The grievous loss of life and immense suffering on all sides remains a dark chapter in world history. But this war also saw Canada come into its own as a country: proud, persistent, and courageous, even in the face of death.
“Some 620,000 Canadians served in Europe, my grandfather among them. Of those, 55,570 came from British Columbia – the greatest enlistment rate by share of population among the provinces. The names of our 6,225 dead can be found on monuments in every village, town, and city throughout this province.
“As we remember their sacrifices, we should also reflect on the better times in which we live. Immigration and trade have made our country stronger and brought our world closer together than ever before.
“That world is still troubled, and I thank those who continue to fight for our freedom.
“Let us never forget that it comes at a price.”