The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Black Ribbon Day
AUGUST 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issues statement on Black Ribbon Day:
“Today, communities in Canada and around the world will honour Black Ribbon Day, and pay tribute to the millions of innocent victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.
“Black Ribbon Day marks the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the infamous neutrality agreement signed between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The secret pact essentially allowed Soviet Communists and the National Socialists to undertake some of the wickedest crimes in history with impunity.
“Stalin’s and Hitler’s secret agreement led directly to the Holocaust, the oppression of sovereign nations, and the spread of terror and destruction across Europe. It resulted in unimaginable suffering inflicted on tens of millions of innocent people by these two evil ideologies. And while the Nazi regime was destroyed following the war, the evil of Soviet communism continued and expanded across Europe until 1991.
“Many survivors later came to Canada as refugees. Often arriving with no money and without their families, these remarkable individuals and their descendants continue to make incredible contributions to Canada’s success. Their stories and legacies remind us that we must stand up for those whose values, beliefs, families and faith are threatened.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives I join with you in remembering the victims of Soviet and Nazi terror in Europe. Together, it is our duty to never forget the atrocities that took place and to ensure that these murderous ideologies never arise again.”