Federal and state officials paid tribute to the victims of the Communist Soviet Union and Nazi Germany on Black Ribbon Day, the National Foundation Day for the victims of European Communism and Nazism.
Established through Unanimous resolution The 2009 Commons House Black Ribbon Day is celebrated annually on August 23, the anniversary of the signing of the Morotov-Ribbontrop Agreement between Nazi Germany and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1939.
according to European Memory ObservatoryThe agreement divided Eastern European countries into German and Soviet spheres of influence, and shortly after the agreement was signed, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union jointly invaded Poland and began World War II.
As a result of the Morotov Ribbentrop Agreement, “millions of Europeans have been deprived of their basic rights, violent and killed, and countless people have been forced to flee to new lands,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. teeth statement On the Liberal Party website.
To commemorate the victims, Trudeau said that the survivors and their descendants who found shelter in Canada “made an extraordinary contribution to our country and built the diverse and powerful Canada we know today. “I helped,” he said, “standing with all people.” We continue to face violence and persecution from authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. “
“We all have a role to play in defending and protecting human rights and democracy, both here and around the world,” he said.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole Tweet The damage caused by communism and Nazism has devastated the lives of generations of people, saying, “The Conservative Party of Canada will always oppose brutal governments around the world.”
Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Twitter video post The “never again” tragedy was repeated in the future, advising Canadians to “work together to build a better, safer and brighter future for all.”
Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny pays homage to the victims statement, He denounced the Morotov Ribbentrop Agreement as “one of the most evil alliances” in human history, resulting in “decades of oppression and immense human suffering.”
Kenny said, “They were informed by different idealisms,” while Soviet Communists and Nazi Germany “used the same brutal tactics and strategies to commit murders on an industrial scale and to those who were previously free. It forced a system of oppression and tyranny. “
“We must never forget the myriad victims of these totalitarian regimes. We must keep in mind the horrific and tragic lessons of the time, and to defeat these horrific forces. We must honor those who fought so bravely and made many sacrifices. “
Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes also emphasized remembering the sacrifices made by those who fought the “disgusting lessons” of the two administrations. twitter..