Youth for Democratic Renewal organized a picket in Ottawa on August 21 to provide information on the so-called Black Ribbon Day the Parliament of Canada adopted and observes on August 23 every year. This is the day in 1939 when the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler Germany after Britain, France and the U.S. refused to enter into a collective security agreement with the Soviet Union and it found itself alone to fend off the coming Hitlerite invasion.
The proponents of Black Ribbon Day, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself, accuse the Soviet Union, which liberated Europe from Nazi-fascism during World War II, of starting World War II, dividing Europe and imposing communist tyranny.
All of this lets the British and French governments off the hook for their betrayal of Czechoslovakia and Poland in Munich on September 30, 1938, with the support of both the American and Canadian governments. Why is that date not “Black Ribbon Day”?
Youth for Democratic Renewal is also opposed to the anti-communist monument the Government of Canada is erecting and financing in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories across from Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa.
The monument the Trudeau government is helping build to the “victims of communism” glorifies Nazis and Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters against the communists.
There is no monument to the 27 million Soviet citizens and soldiers who gave their lives to defeat Nazism or to the 60 million people who died at the hands of the Nazis, fascists and militarists during World War II. This includes many Canadians who sacrificed their lives to defeat Hitler and whose children have great respect for the death-defying achievement of the Soviets at Stalingrad and throughout the war. This anti-communist project is an insult to all Canadian men and women and peoples of the world who sacrificed their lives to defeat Nazi-fascism and Japanese militarism.
At a time the peoples of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and many other countries including the mercilessly enslaved and exploited African peoples are bringing down monuments which exalt slavery, genocide and those who have committed crimes against humanity, for Canada to erect such a monument based on fanatical ideological beliefs is unacceptable.
Canada must be a refuge for all the victims of slavery, genocide, colonial conquests, imperialist wars and coups d’état. How about a monument to them?
TML Weekly, August 22, 2020 — No. 31