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NEWS RELEASES OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA JUSTIN TRUDEAU, LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA LEADER *************************** Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Black Ribbon Day Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following sta
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NEWS RELEASES

OFFICE OF THE
PRIME MINISTER
OF CANADA

JUSTIN TRUDEAU,
LIBERAL PARTY
OF CANADA LEADER

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Black Ribbon Day

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark Black Ribbon Day, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe:

Today, we pay tribute to the memory of the victims who suffered or lost their lives through unspeakable acts under Communist and Totalitarian regimes. 

We also express profound solidarity with the survivors and descendants.

Canada has long been a beacon of hope and freedom for those escaping tyranny and oppression. 

Our country continues to be a land of promise for immigrants and refugees seeking peace, security, freedom, justice and respect.

Black Ribbon Day marks the shameful anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Communist Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which directly led to the occupation of numerous European countries and to the slaughter and oppression of their citizens. 

This day serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting democracy and freedom, and of educating current and future generations about the crimes against humanity that occurred during the darkest chapter of human history.

As we mark this day in remembrance of the victims of Communist and Nazi tyranny, I encourage all Canadians to be mindful of the importance of the values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law that we hold so dear here in Canada. 

We must never take them for granted.

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Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Black Ribbon Day

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on the occasion of Black Ribbon Day:

Black Ribbon Day is commemorated around the world as a reminder of the pain and suffering generations endured under the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, traced back to the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

These two tyrannical regimes oppressed and destroyed the national and personal freedom of millions, particularly across Central and Eastern Europe.

Liberals were proud to put forward a motion, adopted unanimously by the House of Commons, which established August 23 as a day for Canadians to remember the untold victims of deportation and extermination, and in promotion of democracy and universal human rights.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I stand with all those here in Canada and around the world as we solemnly reflect on the importance of this day.

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