Special Communique For Chairman Chow: Minister Kenney on the National Monument to Victims of Communism

Stella Ambler, Member for Mississauga South (CPC): Mr. speaker, the evils of communism defiled much of the 20th century, killing over 100 million worldwide and wreaking misery on countless more. The impact is felt today, not only in the shadows of current and former totalitarian regimes but by the 8 million Canadians who trace their roots to countries that lived under communist regimes. Can the Minister for Multiculturalism update this House on the status to the monument of the victims of communism here in Ottawa?

Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development: I thank the Member for the question, Mr. Speaker. She’s quite right, from the killing fields of Cambodia to the victims of Stalin’s gulag to the victims of the Holodomor famine genocide, over a hundred million people were killed under communist regimes in the past century and continue to in the world’s largest concentration camp, for example, in North Korea which is why, on behalf of the 8 million Canadians who are descendants of countries that lived through communist terror, we are erecting a national monument for the victims of communism. Today we are launching the artistic competition for the monument and we would like to thank all of the thousands of individual charitable contributors who are building this sacred place of common memory.