Guest letter by Ken Bilsky Billings, who protests the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism.
He is concerned that the previous Conservative government tried to ram this project without real consultation. Now the new Liberal government has decided to support it but ‘the monument will cost far less, have a new design and, if built, will be on a different site’.
Kensky is a videographer and peace and environmental activist in Ottawa, Canada.
TO: Catherine McKenna,
Member of Canadian Parliament,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
RE: Memorial to the Victims of Communism
Dear MP Catherine McKenna
I am shocked and saddened by the lack of insight and discussion on this topic. Our capitalist ideology is overriding common sense or this is racism? No other country paid the price of lives lost more than the Russian people in WWII.
One account by the National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA, gives the figure of Russian military and civilian deaths at around 24,000,000 people. That was about 200% more people than the total population of Canada in 1945. The sacrifices and suffering these people went through that actually turned the tide of the war was unfathomable. So why does our government want anything to do with a memorial to victims of Communism. It should be a memorial to the Russian people who lost their lives in WWII trying to stop the Nazi regime.
What does your government say to that?