March 26, 2015

Top lawyers oppose Ottawa Memorial to the Victims of Communism -- and you won't believe their bizarre reason

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Seventeen former presidents of Canadian Bar Association ran an open letter in the Globe and Mail opposing the forthcoming Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa.

(Can you imagine them saying a word against a similar monument if it was anti-Nazi?)

Wait until you hear their reason. It's bizarre, but what else would you expect from the CBA, which is one of the most partisan organizations in the country.

What's almost as crazy is that Canada's paper of record thought this ridiculous open letter was even worth publishing.

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commented 2015-03-29 15:51:23 -0400
For myself, I prefer the term, Harperphobia for the Canadian Bar Association disease. Sadly, the irrational fear of Prime Minister Harper is not confined to the Canadian Bar Association.
commented 2015-03-28 13:14:11 -0400
I hear ya Ezra, I truly do.
commented 2015-03-28 08:11:42 -0400
I agree Cathy, If farmers ever had the opportunity to spend that much money on that amount of concrete, it would be used for something much more practical and functional.
commented 2015-03-28 00:51:52 -0400
Yes, Ezra, even the Canadian Bar Association suffers from Harper Derangement Syndrome. It is sad but it’s reality. Perhaps the best antidote to those yoyos is a fresh majority mandate for the Conservative Party of Canada. The last thing we need is a bunch of partisan lawyers singing the praises yet again of little master Terdeau. Build the GD thing and we can rejoice in the final nail in the coffin of communism. 60 million dead in Mao’s Chicom, 10 million in Uncle Joe’s CCCP, more millions in Cuba, Cambodia, Viet Nam, etc.
commented 2015-03-27 21:48:06 -0400
The memorial is ugly and takes up too much space.
I am tired of having our public parks taken up with this stuff.
How about a nice oblique on a pedestal with some words on the bottom?
commented 2015-03-27 12:29:55 -0400
Since we are more then half way there, perhaps they would be more favorable to a structure commemorating the ten planks of communist manifesto.
commented 2015-03-27 09:06:28 -0400
regarding kadr…was there anything that could of prevented them acting on his behalf before Harper was in? If not, than it is just another example of how poorly our main stream media reports and investigates.
commented 2015-03-27 07:04:32 -0400
I guess this just goes to prove that some lawyers are driven by political gains, not about justice and what it stands for. Let the memorial stand, not just for the victims of communism, but also for freedom loving people throughout the world.
commented 2015-03-27 00:58:21 -0400
The letter by the former Supreme Court bigwigs just illustrates how very necessary and important it is for the Monument to the Victims of Communism to be built. The belief in communism remains strong in Canadian university circles in spite of the death, deportation and dictatorship that costs many millions of lives and the economic failure of any communist country to provide for the needs of its people.
commented 2015-03-27 00:02:22 -0400
Glenn Craig – I get your point and respect the stance of Buddhists that it’s usually best to “forgive and forget”. At the same time, if we forget the atrocities of the past, we will be doomed to repeat them. We acknowledge the deaths of hundreds of thousands on Remembrance Day; “Lest we forget.” Remembering the wrongs committed against us isn’t always bad, as long as they don’t fester and foment feelings of revenge. Though we don’t “cherish such thoughts”, we feel sad for the loss of young lives during the wars but we don’t seek another war to avenge them. There’s a difference between acknowledging our history and not being able to let it go. This memorial is an acknowledgement, not an unhealthy obsession.
commented 2015-03-26 23:12:20 -0400
@ Greg Grant – “How about a memorial for the victims of neoliberal capitalism?”

And what victims are those?
commented 2015-03-26 22:43:31 -0400
Thoughtful comments from both Glen and Judy. Thank you both for your well thought out, thought opposing, points of view. Those are the types of give-and-take I appreciate about this site.
commented 2015-03-26 22:37:10 -0400
“It is to close of the supreme court ", the supreme court make laws to reshape Canada and Canadians living. This possibility of abuse of power appeared when ? Ezra you are a lawer maybe you can expand on that if i need to be corrected.
commented 2015-03-26 22:32:01 -0400
Communists don’t like others looking back at their worldwide history and opining on their most efficient areas of expertise. When their friends are back running the country again , no doubt the memorial can be “adjusted” at that time to meet with their need to suppress the truth.
commented 2015-03-26 22:09:10 -0400
How about a memorial for the victims of neoliberal capitalism?
commented 2015-03-26 21:41:39 -0400
Communism is dreadful and since such parties still choose to exist, in spite of all the atrocities of the twentieth century,we can conclude only that they approve of that history. Indeed, let us not forget the victims of communism.
commented 2015-03-26 21:33:09 -0400
Glenn, the Protestant marching season does not celebrate a grudge….it is a celebration of the victory of William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne and the victory for liberty there. Those who grudge the marchers are those who opposed liberty there…“.The Protestants of Drogheda Have reasons to be thankful That they were not to bondage brought, They being but a handful.”

But on the other hand, not to cherish a grudge is a choice Buddhists make and perhaps they have a point in forgetting historical abuses…I do not agree with them however…To forget the abuses of the past is to forget the LESSONS of the past…not wise in my view. The lessons of the past regarding communism are many and need to be remembered since our country is potentially to be led by one of two communist sympathizers who delight in totalitarianism, one, the younger Trudeau, clearly declaring his delight in the power of communism to run over the will of the people and turn its economy around by force. You don’t need to agree with this statue, but It is not a bad thing to remember that communism invariably brings totalitarianism and great suffering, inequality and abuses. Communism never accomplishes those things it promises either. It cannot succeed because it “bites the hand that feeds it”. Those who forget these things are doomed to repeat them…it is sad that communists have succeeded in pulling the wool over the eyes of so many Canadians, including these lawyers.
commented 2015-03-26 20:07:34 -0400
Were you aware that there were more people put to death for being Buddhist than all other religious groups combined including Jews? Probably not….do you know why not? Because it violates the prime directive of Buddhism to even mention it. What is the prime directive of Buddhism? Do not cherish a grudge.

Were you aware that nearly half of the Buddhists in Canada are Jews (Buddhism does not require renouncing the faith you were raised with and in fact encourages Buddhists to retain it and it’s community).

Buddhism teaches that suffering is rooted in part in the resentment of past wrongs . The cycle of revenge is broken when we let go of our suffering.

Most of what is called “culture and heritage” is celebration of a cherished grudge. Culloden, Purim, Irish Protestant marching season……

“Cherish such thoughts and suffering shall cleave to you” Thus did the Buddha teach…so taught the Buddha.

Cambodia, Tibet, China, millions Buddhists were put to death and starved to death by the Communists…but their bones make poisonous prayer beads.

I am not with you on this one Ezra. I do not support this monument on the proposed site nor anywhere else.
commented 2015-03-26 19:59:36 -0400
Haha, enjoy shlepping your tails to the SCC in the shadow of the memorial you glorified ambulance chasers.
commented 2015-03-26 19:28:39 -0400
So, “seventeen former presidents of Canadian Bar Association ran an open letter in the Globe and Mail” – the voice of cultural Marxism in Canada – “opposing the forthcoming Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa”. What a surprise? Their comrades in the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) are equally outraged:
“The Communist Party of Canada welcomes the growing outcry (?) against the planned ‘Monument to the Victims of Communism’ monument to be constructed in front of the Supreme Court of Canada Building, in Ottawa”:
In the view of the CPC, “the monument would constitute an unjust attack on the pride Canadian Communists feel for our pioneering contributions to Canada since 1921”. Maybe the monument should be for the “pioneering contributions to Canada” of Canadian Communists since 1921 instead???
commented 2015-03-26 18:58:09 -0400
I bore witness, yesterday, at the OLA Special Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment and compared how police, lawyers and judges cover up crimes against persons of conscience in Canada to what happened in Rotherham UK.

Today, I was verbally attacked and menaced, three times, by strangers on the street.

I am sick to the back teeth of this sort of CBA political power abuse and intimidation.
commented 2015-03-26 18:55:31 -0400
CBA – castro sympathizers – like that dead animal Trudeau and his dim witted son.