NOVEMBER 9, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement:

“Today, Canada joins our friends and allies in marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“Built by the Communist government of East Germany, the so-called German Democratic Republic, the Berlin Wall physically divided Berlin for 28 years from 1961 to 1989, serving as a physical reminder of where communism ended and freedom began. Built to imprison East Germans and keep them captive to their socialist system, it quickly became one of the most notorious symbols of the “Iron Curtain”, dividing not only East and West Germany, but also eastern and western Europe.

“Approximately 5,000 East Germans managed to escape across the Berlin Wall to freedom, but sadly, another 5,000 were captured by the Stasi and 191 individuals were killed during their attempts to cross the wall.

“Thirty years ago today, thousands of East Germans bravely took to the streets to tear down the wall that symbolized the tyranny of communism and separated many from their family, friends and the free world. A wave of democratization swept through Eastern Europe in 1989, and the widespread discontent with the failures of communism, combined with a deep desire for liberty, drove the fall of the Berlin Wall and the pursuit of political and economic freedom for all Europeans.  

“Today, we also remember the one million members of the Canadian Forces and their families that were stationed in NATO bases across Western Europe, many of them serving at CFB Lahr and CFB Baden-Soellingen. In remembrance of our brave soldiers, the German government presented a piece of the Berlin Wall to Canada, which Prime Minister Stephen Harper placed in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in 2009 for permanent display. Let us never forget the Canadian and Allied heroes who served in the Cold War, defending democracy and fundamental human rights.

“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I encourage all Canadians to learn about and remember the history of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and Canada’s valiant role in the Allied victory.”

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham

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