AUGUST 23, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, ON – Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on Black Ribbon Day, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe:

“Today, communities across Canada and around the world will take part in ceremonies to mark Black Ribbon Day, a day of tribute to the millions of innocent victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.

“Established in 2009 by a unanimous decision of the House of Commons, Black Ribbon Day commemorates the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Orchestrated eighty years ago between the Soviet and National Socialist regimes, this secret agreement divided Europe into spheres of influence and resulted in the suffering, humiliation, and death of millions of innocent victims.

On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the West, provoking the outbreak of World War II, and then an equally brutal invasion by the Soviet Union in the East followed two weeks later.

“Stalin’s secret agreement with Hitler allowed the Nazis to perpetrate the Holocaust, while the Soviets invaded several other independent sovereign nations and sent many innocent men and women to forced-labour camps, also known as gulags.

“Following the end of the war, the Nazi regime was destroyed, but the Soviet regime survived and spread its terror across the eastern half of Europe for decades. It was not finally stopped until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“Many of those fleeing Soviet communist persecution and oppression made Canada their home. Often arriving alone and with little means, these remarkably strong-willed and hard-working individuals made incredible contributions to our society.

“We must strongly condemn any whitewashing of the atrocities committed by the Nazi and Soviet regimes, and the spread of hate, propaganda, and disinformation.

“On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada and Official Opposition, I commend those organizing and participating in Black Ribbon Day observances today. I join with you in remembering the victims of Soviet and Nazi terror in Europe. It is our duty to educate future generations about the atrocities of the past in order to ensure that these murderous ideologies never have a chance to rise again.”

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Pham

(613) 947-9932

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