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August 23rd, 2019

NDP Statement on Black Ribbon Day

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement:

On Black Ribbon Day, we remember the countless victims of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes around the world, people who have faced violent crimes of hatred, genocide, displacement and war perpetrated by fascist, Nazi, and Stalinist regimes.

Today our thoughts are with Canadians who were forced to flee their homes at the hands of these regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, and with those in Canada, and around the world, who were also victimized by totalitarian and authoritarian crimes against humanity.

A symbol of the rejection of extremism, intolerance and oppression, this day also honours the democratic values that work to maintain peace and stability, in Europe and around the world.

As we take the time to remember the victims and survivors of totalitarian and fascist ideological forces, let us reaffirm our belief in human rights and democracy, and commit ourselves to never simply stand by when defenseless people are suffering.