No sooner than Trudeau issued a statement on August 23 once again on “Black Ribbon Day”, scores of Canadians immediately began condemning his deliberate falsification of history and equating the victims of fascism with the so-called victims of communism.
Trudeau’s statement was issued in the midst of the 44th federal election he called to get the majority he craves in a deceitful and arrogant way. Issued in the name of “the Leader of the Liberal party” which is clamouring about “the danger from the right,” it constitutes a thinly-disguised public smear of parties participating in the election which are anti-fascist and pro-communist, and an incitement of the blackest reaction. Is this why these parties such as the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada are also excluded from election debates? Is this why the state broadcaster CBC and big media continuously denigrate them as “marginalized” and “fringe parties”? If they are so “marginalized“ why then is Trudeau and his ilk so concerned about vilifying communism and glorifying fascism? It is criminal indeed.
While the big media and other parties with seats in the parliament were silent, Canadians and some Americans immediately began denouncing this black propaganda on Twitter as unacceptable, glorifying Nazism, and something that must be stopped. Some of their tweets received thousands of “likes”. It is excellent that they insisted on speaking about the concrete facts of life and history, not abstractions and the so-called values of “opposing totalitarianism” the Government of Canada claims to espouse. Here is a sample :
1942 photo of RCAF pilots from Torbay Air Force base in Newfoundland, some of the over one million Canadians who enlisted to fight fascism during the second world war.
On August 23, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Latvian, Estonian and other reactionary cliques are once again staging events to mark the anniversary of so-called Black Ribbon Day. “Commemorative events” are being held on Parliament Hill, the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature, and a handful of other locales. In concert, Trudeau did not fail to issue a statement on Twitter, equating the victims of fascism with the so-called victims of communism and falsifying history. Scores of Canadians immediately began denouncing his statement on Twitter.
For the information of readers, we have updated an article by Dougal MacDonald originally published by this blog on August 24, 2018 which provides information on the so-called Black Ribbon Day.
This is the last article authored by Louis Lang, an old and dear friend, who died on November 13, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
(July 24, 2021) The continued attempts of the Trudeau government to erect an anti-communist monument in Ottawa have been opposed by Canadians right from the start. It has been one deception after another as the organization, Tribute to Liberty, failed to raise the funds to cover the cost of the monument which was projected at first to be $1.5 million.
A National Capital Commission spokesperson recently stated that the cost of the monument is now $7.5 million. Six million dollars is coming from public funds after Chrystia Freeland included an additional $4 million in this spring’s budget to complete the monument.
At a mass action on Parliament Hill on September 19, 2015, Canadians reject the Harper government’s attempt to impose its anti-communist monument and its anti-social offensive as Canadian values.
By LOUIS LANG
On August 23, the Trudeau government marked the anniversary of Black Ribbon Day, a memorial day concocted by the ruling circles of Europe in 2009 to promote anti-communism through slanders and lies, and to glorify Nazism. Continue reading →
Government hoists flag of Vietnam’s defeated colonial powers on Parliament Hill
Shameful ceremony held on Parliament Hill, July 30, 2020 to mark “Journey to Freedom Day.”
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) unequivocally condemns the ceremony held on July 30 on Parliament Hill to mark the reactionary and illegitimate “Journey to Freedom Day.” The event was postponed from April 30, a date that has long been celebrated in Vietnam and the world over as Vietnam’s Reunification Day. The ceremony included the raising of the old colonial flag of the reactionary and collaborationist regime that the Vietnamese people deposed in 1975. Continue reading →
Minister Jason Kenney (far right) signs agreement with Chair of Tribute to Liberty Ludwik Klimkowski to fund anti-communist monument with public funds, on “Black Ribbon Day” in Ottawa, August 23, 2013. Tribute to Liberty has been unable to get public support to build the monument that would commemorate those who fought with the Nazis and were defeated by the Soviet Union. (CIC)
(July 25, 2015) – The Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir recently carried an article by University of Montreal History Professor Yakov Rabkin in which he points out that the Harper government’s ill-conceived plan to build a “monument to victims of communism” next to the Supreme Court building in Ottawa is much more than just cynical political manoeuvring for the coming elections. The article makes a well-reasoned argument that this project, which is being so fervently pushed in spite of opposition from all sides, is part of the Harper Conservatives’ ongoing attempts to manipulate the collective social memory to suit their own extremist ideology. Continue reading →
Protest against the anti-communist monument on Parliament Hill, September 19, 2015 | E. Schulzke
By LOUIS LANG
After more than nine years of fraudulent Cold War propaganda to win support for an anti-communist monument, first by the Harper Conservatives and taken up now by the Trudeau Liberals, it is clear that Canadians reject this despicable and extremist campaign.
Having failed to raise money or support from Canadians, it has been reported that Tribute to Liberty, a private organization that has links to Latvian Nazi collaborators, is receiving funds from foreign governments and sources to build the anti-communist monument. Continue reading →
Memorial to the victims of Nazi atrocities at the site of the former Dachau concentration camp representing the demand of the world’s people to never again permit the rise of fascism.
From February 2-16 the Government of Canada used an online questionnaire to embroil Canadians in participating in the anti-communist memorial project started by Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney.
The Department of Canadian Heritage states that it “invites Canadians from across the country to contribute to the building of their nation’s capital by sponsoring commemorations of Canadian ideas, people and events that are of national symbolic importance.” The anti-communist memorial project is not a Canadian “idea of national symbolic importance” but a project of an organization comprised of all kinds of unsavoury characters who are either direct supporters of Nazis past and present or descendants of Nazis past and present who claim that they are the true supporters of freedom and democracy because they opposed communism. Continue reading →
The National Capital Commission approved a request to release a 5000 square meter plot of land located between the Supreme Court and Library Archives Canada to the private charity, A Tribute to Liberty, for the purpose of constructing a monument called Memorial to the Victims of Communism. The location is absolutely inappropriate, and the NCC’s recommendations have not been followed. The land which has been given to A Tribute to Liberty is part of Canada’s Judicial Precinct and, as such, is land that belongs to all Canadians. Further, that land has been clearly designated by the Government of Canada as the future site of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Judicial Building, a building that would complete the judicial triad, in balance to the Parliamentary triad. Placing this memorial, which essentially demonizes (either rightly or wrongly) a particular socioeconomic system, next to the Supreme Court of Canada undermines the very foundation of that institution, which is its independence and impartiality, and, as a result, erodes our own democracy.
Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today
The Harper Government is hell-bent on creating as many anti-communist memorials as possible before the end of Harper’s term as Prime Minister. The abominable memorial to the so-called 100 million victims of communism is just one example. Continue reading →
Oppose Canada’s promotion of darkest reaction in the name of freedom and democracy
Graphic posted to Facebook page of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2014
By DOUGAL MACDONALD
“Harper: a bible in one hand and a gun in the other — we don’t want that here — get out!”
(Nov. 24) – On November 21, the Harper dictatorship joined the United States and Ukraine as the only three countries voting against the annual United Nations anti-Nazi resolution, initiated in 2005. Proposed by Russia, the resolution condemns attempts to glorify Nazi ideology and to deny German Nazi war crimes, including the Holocaust. The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which tackles human rights issues, passed the resolution by a vote of 115-3, with 55 nations countries abstaining. The European Union countries were among those that abstained. Countries supporting the resolution included Iran, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. Continue reading →
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the memorial that is officially called “A Memorial to Victims of Totalitarian Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge” on May 30 at the Toronto Congress Center. The anti-communist monument project in fact promotes the cause of Nazi SS. It was initiated by a private group calling itself “Tribute to Liberty” (TTL), and is based on and linked to the very similar U.S. Victims of Communism Memorial Project, whose honourary chairman is war criminal George W. Bush and which is funded by monopolies such as war contractor Lockheed Martin. Sponsorship tables for the Harper-led Toronto fundraising event are $2,500 and individual tickets are $250. Continue reading →