Canada to Build Memorial to Victims of Communism (1)
Eestlased Kanadas 24 Aug 2013  EWR
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2013-08-24 by Mihaela Lica Butler

An interesting news release from the government of Canada yesterday reveals federal support there for a national memorial to the tens of millions victims of Communist regimes worldwide. Canada’s Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, along with Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, jointly announced the news.
Canada Ministers

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(Left to right: Hon. David Kilgour, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, MP Ted Opitz, Mr. Markus Hess, Chairman, Central and Eastern European Council of Canada, Minister Alexander, Ms. Teresa Berezowski, President of the Canadian Polish Congress, Mr. Ludwik Klimkowski, Chair, Tribute to Liberty and Minister Kenney) – Ottawa, Ontario
According to the release, Tribute to Liberty will receive as much as $1.5 million under the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Inter-Action program in order to build the memorial. Set to reside in between the Library and Archives Canada building and the Supreme Court there in Ottowa, the monument will be called the Memorial to Victims of Communism. Minister Kenney offered this statement:

“Once completed, this memorial will teach future generations how millions lost their lives and suffered in inhumane conditions at the hands of Communist regimes. It will also serve as a reminder to all Canadians that glorifying Communist symbols insults the memory of these victims, and that we must never take for granted our core values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

Also via the announcement, Tribute to Liberty Chair Ludwik Klimkowski joined in yesterday to pay tribute on Black Ribbon Day — a tribute to the memory of European victims of tyranny under the Communist and Nazi regimes of the last century. For those unaware, August 23, 1939, is the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a non-aggression treaty between the Communist Soviet Union and Nazi German, which preempted WW II.

Tribute to Liberty and the National Capital Commission, as well as the Public Works and Government Services Canada are said to be collaborating on this important project.

For more information on this news or on the principals involved, reads may contact:

Alexandra Fortier
Minister’s Office – Minister Kenney

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office – Minister Alexander
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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