In a recently released statement, it has been announced that the Minister for Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, and Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, have committed federal support for a national memorial to the tens of millions of innocent victims of Communist regimes all over the world.
The statement mentioned Minister Kenney alleging that “once completed, this memorial will teach future generations how millions lost their lives and suffered in inhumane conditions at the hands of Communist regimes.” He added that “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.” Federal government has promised up to $1.5 million of funding to Tribute to Liberty in a period of two years under the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Inter-Action program that aims to build the memorial between the Library and Archives Canada building and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.
Minister Alexander mentioned at the time of announcement that “Canada has a proud history of serving as a place of refuge and welcoming refugees as well as displaced persons, including those escaping Communist oppression.” It was added that “Canada is today home to many different communities affected by Communism in their countries of origin, and our government is pleased to help make a Canadian memorial to victims of Communism one step closer to reality.”
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