August 23rd, 2015

Statement by the NDP on Black Ribbon Day (Commemoration of the victims of Communism and Nazism)

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on Black Ribbon Day:

“Today marks the sad anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in 1939 – prelude to the Second World War.

It was following this alliance that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded neighboring Poland.

Millions of people were killed, deported and imprisoned during this bloody chapter in history.

On behalf of the New Democratic Party, I invite Canadians to remember the men, women and children who suffered and honour the memory of those who resisted and opposed these brutal regimes.

Let us continue to cultivate the principles of inclusion and democracy and show our gratitude to those who made our freedom possible. We must never forget that this freedom is still fragile and we must remain vigilant to attempts to silence or oppress.”