February 28, 2015

Why does Canada's National Memorial to Victims of Communism make critics so nervous?

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Have you heard about the biggest scandal of this Conservative government?

Elites are up in arms about a new memorial in Ottawa to victims of communism.

Through years of bake sales and fundraisers, volunteers laid the foundation for Canada’s first official National Memorial to Victims of Communism.

The Harper government provided financial support, and set aside land in the National Capitol region, next to the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament Hill.

But the media and the elites would have you believe that the Conservatives are committing some atrocious crime by placing this memorial next to the Supreme Court.

Do you think that a memorial to the victims of Nazism or fascism would elicit the same reaction? 

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commented 2015-03-11 00:20:10 -0400
war museum is just down the street and is a huge property. just saying.
commented 2015-03-03 04:40:15 -0500
It’s because the stated location for the Memorial is across the street from the Supreme Court of Canada, who don’t like the inference.

Although it’s quite appropriate given the recent track record of S.C.O.C..


Ps the only elites in this country politically are the Freemasons who control the parties and therefore the government and who sits on the Supreme Court and the CRTC. Ask Bro. Levant and Lilly, if they are ever ready to face the truth.
commented 2015-03-02 19:18:07 -0500
I know your Grandfather Fred and your Great Grandfather Denys.They would be very proud of this report.
commented 2015-03-02 17:37:33 -0500
The Supreme Court of Canada is suppose to interpret and uphold the Rights of Canadians according to Canadian responsibilities and values. The victims of communism were denied their rights and suffered death – 94,000,000 people – nearly 3 times the population of Canada. I can not think of a more fitting place to put a memorial (close to the Supreme Court ) to remind both Canadians and our judges of the rights that were printed in Canada’s Bill of rights and later incorporated into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
commented 2015-03-02 08:42:38 -0500
The war museum is less than 800 meters away, is huge, and is better suited for this proposed memorial. that is something everyone could agree on.
commented 2015-03-01 22:34:45 -0500
Apparently there was land originally set up for the memorial elsewhere. Not only that but the mayor of ottawa said there was no consultation process either. Seems strange to have a memorial like this beside a supreme court building. The conservatives better do more due diligence in this one I think.
commented 2015-03-01 20:07:57 -0500
Guy, you’re sure entitled to your point of view on the location and appearance of the memorial but sheesh, go easy on Ezra and Brian and everyone else who is involved in the launch of these web site. These people are scrambling to make something out of virtually nothing so it may be that they can’t get respond to emails or attempts to contact them as quickly as you’d like. I’m glad they’re doing what they’re doing. Better than sitting around and moping about the demise SNN. And yeah, they are transitioning from the world of the conventional media to the online world, although I would not call this site social media, so things are going to look and feel different. As far as the offer of a personal chat for people who have donated at the $1000, I take that as just a way of personally thanking donors who have dug really deep into their pockets to help this fledgling enterprise. Nothing strange about that in the world of fundraising at all. Let’s not cut off our noses to spite our faces. Peace.
commented 2015-03-01 19:43:52 -0500
As a supporter of Sun news from DAY ONE ( remember the Pizza Brian ) and the RIGHT to free speech and a card carrying conservative , I am sorry, as i do agree with john ivison and jim Watson and many others that the location of the communist memorial is totally inappropriate in front of the Supreme Court of Canada. It does not matter what monument or memorial it would be, the size and the blight that it would cast on the Supreme court was one of the worst policy decisions made by some bureaucrat and should be retracted and re-thought without question , but now you will call me a anti communist or something, but that is okay , i have been called worse by far better folks. thanks for getting back to me Brian and Ezra on my efforts on your behalf on Feb 13th , it seems now that you have moved from the “Media world” to the in the Social media world , you have actually become less attentive and responsive to your audience, when it should have been the opposite, funny how that works sometimes, good luck in your venture, we will be watching, but a 1000 bucks to talk to you…….i dont; think so, do you think i have a Indian band Chiefs’ budget or something.
commented 2015-03-01 18:16:45 -0500
Well said – and siting this inspired monument outside our discreditable, radical Supreme Court is exactly where it should be situated for a very good reason.
commented 2015-03-01 15:25:33 -0500
Great job Marissa. Love your commentary. You hit the nail right on the head about how too many people look at communism as this great thing to be embraced.
commented 2015-03-01 13:16:04 -0500
Damian, you defiantly made me laugh. It’s sad to say that your analogy is getting close to the truth. Good job.
commented 2015-03-01 13:03:43 -0500
Bill Collins, exactly right, and we are just hearing about another murder in Russia of an opposition leader who was planing a protest against Putin. Funny how that works. Maybe the elitists feel that is the way to deal with dissent. I’m thinking they will be fairly quite on this whole thing. The main stream will quickly move on to the next socialist agenda item.
commented 2015-03-01 12:56:55 -0500
Guy Fraser, I’m afraid with all the socialists running around the country we are at about the abundance to selfishness faze of your quote. Thanks for posting that.
commented 2015-03-01 12:52:26 -0500
The cultural elites should be careful what they wish for. In a communist country, anyone who poses a threat to the leader is quickly and quietly removed from the sphere of influence.
commented 2015-03-01 12:31:10 -0500
Absolutely right, Marissa. Although my family hails from the UK generations ago and did not live under the communist terror, I agree that this monument should be built, and in the place selected, not somewhere else where it can be out of sight-out of mind. I have read a number of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s books, the most important being The Gulag Archipelago, and feel that these books should be studied by our youth today. One passage from The Gulag Archipelago has a prisoner turning to another and asking what sentence they got. “10 years” was the reply. “And what did you do to get that?” asks his counterpart. “Nothing”, says the man. The first man responds, “You are a liar! You must have done something. For doing nothing you only get 5 years.” I read The Gulag Archipelago many years ago and will never forget it. Build the monument. The nay-saying apologists and appeasers can go get stuffed. The countless millions whose families and ancestors were tortured and murdered will be grateful. Hopefully, seeing this monument will move future generations to study a history that must not be forgotten.
commented 2015-03-01 12:18:14 -0500
It is great to have The Rebel giving input to topics such as this. I agree with you – the monument should be built on the site that was originally chosen. Perhaps current events taking place in Russia will convince more Canadians.
commented 2015-03-01 10:05:30 -0500
David Rockerfeller is perhaps one of the most well known and successful businessmen in America with a net worth exceeding 3 billion dollars.
One could assume from this that he is an ardent capitalist yet here is a direct quote attributed to him regarding Mao Tse Tung, former leader of Communist China and arguably, to most of us in the West, one of the most evil men in history…
“Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.” David Rockefeller, statement in 1973 about Mao Tse-tung: (NY Times 8-10-73)
Communism may no longer be considered a threat alongside the likes of Muslim extremists, but those who exhibit a communist bent will always gravitate towards socialist policy should they be installed in positions of influence.
It is our responsibility to do our homework before we cast our ballots or we will get the government we deserve. Mr. Harper might not be perfect but at least I know he doesn’t admire communists.
commented 2015-03-01 06:54:46 -0500
I can totally see why the mainstream media wants to criminalize what Prime Minister Harper is doing. Leftist are in support of this country being a socialist country. Socialism is one step removed from Communism. It won’t be long before all the rights and freedoms of this country, are blown away, as the Government takes control. Leftist want a world where no one is treated any different. Everything is provided for them, at “no cost”, no weapons, and legalize drugs. The leftist utopia.

Well such a place exists in Canada. It’s called a mental institution. Drugs are free, no one judges you, there are little to no crimes, and if you violate the rules, that’s okay. We will time you out in a padded room, and fill your body with Government supported narcotics. While in this vulnerable state, we will coddle to your every need. And when you are properly medicated, we will let you back with the population, so you can mis-remember, and not take responsibility for your actions.
commented 2015-03-01 02:18:31 -0500
Linda, I recal as a child in the 70’s hearing bits and peaces about lech, I knew even at that young age he was an important man. I’m thinking what you were hearing from Canada at the time was probably the good old CBC doing what they are famous for. Slamming those who make a positive difference in this world.
commented 2015-02-28 23:32:28 -0500
It wouldn’t be an issue if the monument wasn’t so ugly. Why don’t they install it opposite the Russian or Chinese embassies?
commented 2015-02-28 23:28:14 -0500
I can appreciate a need for a memorial for the victims of communism. Although, I really don’t want the government to spend money on anything more until we finish balancing the budget. I drive by the supreme court on a regular basis, and it is truly majestic. It makes you proud to be Canadian. I can understand why some people would be hesitant to install a large structure in front of our supreme court, even for this noble cause.
commented 2015-02-28 23:09:11 -0500
nice going marissa your a real pit bull and great reporting with the fax to back it up to
commented 2015-02-28 22:22:08 -0500
Carmen, I often wondered about what motivated the communist cheerleaders. How can people who are in most cases well-educated and worldly fall for this stuff? I think at the root of it was a desire to be part of the ruling elite. These were status-seeking people (even though they would deny this) who wanted to be in charge. They could only go so far in the current democratic order but communism held out the promise of more power, greater status, the opportunity to impose their will on others. That was my sense of what drove motivated them.
commented 2015-02-28 22:10:45 -0500
Thanks Milan and likewise. Your post brought to mind a trip I took to Poland in the 1970s to visit family who remained there after my parents immigrated in the late 1940’s. I was stunned at the daily shortages of basic food items, the horrid apartment “blocks”, the air pollution, the lack of medicines and the hardships that were inflicted on people who never wanted anything to do with communism. I was so proud of them a decade later with the rise of the Solidarnosc and the eventual fall of the Soviet empire. Still it was odd, listening to Canadian labour types back then. They had a discomfort with Lech Walesa who arguably was the most influential and “real” labour leader of the late 20th century. I recall one fool musing that Walesa really should try harder to forge an alliance with the Soviet masters who were still much beloved among many Canadian union leaders. The more I became aware of my ancestors’ experiences the more I came to appreciate our country and the need for us to be vigilant against external and internal threats and the less patience I had for the homegrown comrades. I don’t know if you have ever read The Bloodlands, Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snider. It’s an excellent history of the ravages of two murderous “isms” that devastated the lives of many of our ancestors. I sometimes think it’s a wonder that we are here today.
commented 2015-02-28 21:48:46 -0500
Great post, Wanda. Cheers.
commented 2015-02-28 21:42:56 -0500
So many of our current elitists in the media, in academe, in some labour unions, in the legal community and even a few on the bench cut their teeth in the heady days of the 1960’s and 70’s when a small but tenacious group of Canadian communists/socialists believed that the revolution was just around the corner – that Canadians would join the comrades in the Soviet bloc, Cuba and various other people’s republics. Ridiculous as it seems today, these useful idiots actually thought it could happen. They clung to a sanitized, idealized picture of life in the communist societies. This included disbelieving or downplaying the holodomor, the gulags, the Moaist re-education camps and virtually anything that didn’t fit with the rosy picture to which they clung. Stalin was misunderstood, the starvation of millions of Ukrainians was an unfortunate outcome of a bad harvest, criticism of the Soviet tyrants was red baiting. In the ensuing decades, their dreams were shattered as the Soviet empire collapsed and its shortcomings were exposed for all to see. Today, many of these dreamers are still around, hanging on to cushy posts in the various elite communities. The monument to the victims of communism makes them uneasy. It’s a reminder that (a) they were wrong or (b) their precious dreams of a communist state in Canada remain unfulfilled. It’s tough having this shoved in your face this way.

I think the monument belongs exactly where it is. Within a short walk of the Parliament buildings and the Supreme Court – an ever present and impossible to ignore reminder of what what happens when democracy and justice are compromised.
commented 2015-02-28 21:25:40 -0500
The corruption and cronyism in the old communist Yugoslavia makes Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals look like an ideal, transparent and honest government. My parents told me they had to wait in queues for eggs, bread and milk – had to borrow money to buy 1 egg, not to mention brown-outs and the prospect of ever owning a car….non-existent. They lived in a tiny 2 room (not bedroom….2 ROOMS) apartment with my late grandmother and were on a list for a new state-owned apartment. When they found out that my Dad was not in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, he was promptly put at the bottom of the list and had to wait another 25 years for an apartment. He said screw this, moved to Canada and never looked back. Worked every day and loved every minute in Canada.

Thank you Marissa – although my story is not as dramatic or tragic as many others like in Ceausescu’s Romania or Honecker’s East Germany, communism is an evil that needs to be remembered and never repeated. It is hilarious that the people that wear Che Guevara or hammer and sickle t-shirts have never even been to a communist country – they wear these t-shirts from the wealth, freedom and security of Canada….the world’s best country.

Cheers to you and the rebel.media supporters!
commented 2015-02-28 20:59:32 -0500
carmon, well said but don’t forget the university’s in this country are where this twisted left leaning agenda is forced upon our young people. I made it a habit as my kids were going through the school system to be involved in what they were being taught. I quickly countered the twisted logic that they were trying to fill there heads with. I’m happy to report I have two well adjusted conservative thinking people leaders. There future is bright compared to a lot of the young people they work with. They often tell me how confused there co workers are in general when it comes to what they have been taught all there lives and what reality is actually like. A lot seem to be bitter because working life is much harder to navigate when you are dragging all the socialist baggage into the real world. They honestly thought that going forward life was going to be handed to them on a silver platter. They only have there parents and the school system to blame.
commented 2015-02-28 18:41:20 -0500
Thank you Marissa.
These are some tenet’s that I believe explain what I believe are crazy actions of the Federal Liberals and NDP :
In 1916, William J. H. Boetcker published a pamphlet titled, The Ten Cannots:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
Alexander Fraser Tytler wrote in the Late 1700’s
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilisations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.
We need to Break The Cycle and stop to selfish from raiding the treasury or our descendents may tell the story of what it was like to live in Canada when it was they were Free.
commented 2015-02-28 18:15:09 -0500
Great piece Marrisa! :D
I could have come up with an answer to this quite easily too. Because it is the truth:
Communism is the holy grail to a national socialist’s wet dream of overwhelming power. The last thing the collective would want is to compromise said dream’s logical and historical conclusion that is riddled with atrocities. So they whitewash it by flying under banners of progressivism and the like, and come up with lame pathetic excuses of why not to talk about it or even bring it up.
They’re idolatry becomes so bad that they inevitably reach it’s logical conclusion in it’s purist form: the cause is worth more than the lives of people.