All communist regimes totalitarian
Eestlased Kanadas 06 Jun 2010  EWR
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Canada has long been a refuge for their victims
Carolyn Foster, Winnipeg Free Press

In Canada, over eight-million people trace their roots to countries that suffered or still suffer under communism. Since the beginning of the first communist regime in 1917 Russia, immigrants from communist countries have flocked to Canada in search of freedom and safety.

Canada, being the multicultural country that it is, has sizeable populations that stem from communist or post-communist countries. Canadian communities that support the memorial to victims of communism include: Belarusian, Chinese, Croatian, Cuban, Czech, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Korean, Latvian, Mennonite, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and more.

The idea to build a Canadian memorial to victims of communism was developed through the efforts of a number of these Canadian ethnocultural communities.

This is not an idea dreamed up in an ivory tower; it comes from the hearts of immigrant Canadians and the children of immigrants, who bear the marks of the brutal tyranny of communism.

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