Stop Canadian government funding of groups that glorify Nazi collaborators

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chrystia Freeland (Deputy PM and Minister of Finance)

Petition Text:

We call on the Canadian government to stop giving financial support to East European lobby groups that whitewash their communities' complicity in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. As taxpayers we oppose our government's continued funding to monuments, publications, events and meeting centres that are now used by these groups to exalt the memory of their Nazi-collaborating founders, leaders, activists and war heroes.
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Cover image from Press for Conversion! magazine Issue #70, Spring 2021

Why this petition is important:

  • Government funding to groups that still revere their communities' fascist war heroes is an insult to the memory of Canadian troops who fought against the Axis powers in WWII. Continuing this state support is a betrayal of the stand taken by Canada and our allies in the fight against fascism.

  • After centuries of financing genocide against First Nations, and perpetrating other forms of systemic racism, the Canadian government is facing widespread demands for truth and reconciliation. (Read more...)

  • In light of these calls for justice regarding Canada's role in genocide, the government should stop funding organizations that whitewash and exalt racist, antisemitic and fascist war heroes who aided Nazi Germany's genocidal programs of political- and ethnic-cleansing. (Learn more about this ongoing funding.)

  • This process will require Canada to account for its decades of support for émigré associations whose founders and leaders included top officials of Nazi puppet regimes, officers of the Waffen SS, veterans of ethnonationalist guerrilla armies, and other apologists for fascism who welcomed Germany's invasion of Eastern Europe as a liberating force. These groups represent right-wing diaspora communities in Canada of Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovak and Ukrainian heritage.)

  • These groups --- representing communities that deny their forebear's complicity in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity --- still receive generous government funding for their:
    (a) publications and other media outlets,
    (b) parades and festivals where racist/antisemitic leaders and movements are honoured,
    (c) renovations to their cultural centres, where symbols, portraits and statues often venerate fascist statesmen, racist ideologues and Nazi-collaborating military commanders as "freedom fighters."

  • Government funding to groups that glorify their fascist heritage, includes grants to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the League of Ukrainian Canadians, the Ukrainian Youth Association, and the League of Ukrainian Women. (Learn more about these groups and their funding.)

  • Canada is also bankrolling 80% of a $7.5-million, national monument to anti-communism . Initiated and organized largely by East European groups with roots in fascist movements, this memorial --- in Ottawa's sancrosanct Parliamentary precinct --- is used to venerate leading Nazi collaborators as "Victims of Communism." For example, when the General Cttee. of United Croats of Canada donated to this monument they honoured fascist Croatian leaders Mile Budak and Ante Pavelić , Croatia's wartime dictator. Having founded the fascist Ustaša, Pavelić ran Croatia as a Nazi puppet state. His Ustaša regime organized the genocidal mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Serbs, and tens of thousands of Jews and Roma. (Read more here.) In 2021, then-finance minister Chrystia Freeland --- who has been deeply engaged with ultranationalist Ukrainian organizations since childhood --- approved an extra $4 million for this monument.

  • Besides defunding fascist-rooted groups and their monuments, the Canadian government should:
    (a) acknowledge its shameful history of refusing to accept refugees (Jews and leftists) fleeing the Holocaust, but welcoming
    Nazi sympathizers, apologists and collaborators, including veterans of fascist military formations. (Read more here and here.)
    (b) atone for its efforts to protect Nazi-collaborating war criminals from prosecution and extradition, and
    (c) reconcile with communities that were victimized during Canada's Cold-War era of US-style McCarthyism.
  • Throughout the Cold War, ultranationalist East European groups rallied their communities' support for Canadian complicity in US-led invasions and occupations, such as the wars in Korea and Southeast Asia. Millions of innocent civilians were killed in each of these wars.
  • More recently, in Latin America, then-Foreign Minister Freeland took a lead role in The Lima Group. Through this multilateral state network, Canada's government has been working since 2017 to oust Venezuela's democratically-elected socialist government.
  • Knowing our Cold War history is useful in understanding Canada's current proUS/proNATO foreign policies, particularly in Eastern Europe. Since 1991, extremely Russophobic movements, parties and governments there have fought for the "freedom" to celebrate their Nazi-collaborating heritage. In this context, Canada has continued to become an increasingly strident voice in the dangerous escalation of tensions between NATO and Russia.

  • This petition is based on research published in Issue#70 of Press for Conversion! magazine...

Defunding the Myths and Cults of Cold War Canada:
Ongoing state support for East European émigré groups with deep fascist roots
(Collaborators, Crusades and Coverups in an era of “truth and reconciliation”)

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This petition is sponsored by Press for Conversion! magazine,
and has, so far, been endorsed by these 40 organizations:

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Anti-Imperialist Alliance
Anti-Imperialist Alliance Ottawa
Association of United Ukrainian Canadians
Boundary Peace Initiative
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Montreal
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
Canadian Serbian Alliance
Community Coalition Against Racism (Hamilton)
Early Childhood Intercultural Partnerships Program
Esprit de Corps magazine
Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice
Geopolitical Economy Research Group
Gerald and Maas
Greater Toronto for BDS
Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada
IJV Calgary
IJV Edmonton
IJV Vancouver
IJV-Voix Juives Indépendantes Montréal
Just Peace Advocates
Kingston Peace Council
Mobilization Against War and Occupation - Vancouver
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association
Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Ottawa Serbian Heritage Society

Palestinian and Jewish Unity
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Project Ploughshares Saskatoon
Regina Peace Council
Rights Action
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Saskatoon Peace Coalition
Socialist Action / Ligue pour l'Action socialiste
The Canada Files
Veterans Against Nuclear Arms - Saskatoon
Victoria Peace Coalition

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To: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chrystia Freeland (Deputy PM and Minister of Finance)
From: [Your Name]

Dear Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland,

We are calling on the Canadian government to stop its financial support for East European lobby groups that whitewash their communities' complicity in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. As taxpayers we oppose our government's continued funding to the monuments, publications, events and meeting centres which are now used by these groups to exalt the memory of their Nazi-collaborating founders, leaders, activists and war heroes.

Government funding to groups that still revere their communities' fascist war heroes is an insult to the memory of Canadian troops who fought against the Axis powers in WWII. Continuing this state support is a betrayal of the stand taken by Canada and our allies in the fight against fascism.

After centuries of financing genocide against First Nations, and perpetrating other forms of systemic racism, the Canadian government is facing widespread demands for truth and reconciliation.

In light of these calls for justice regarding Canada's role in genocide, the government should stop funding organizations that whitewash and exalt racist, antisemitic and fascist war heroes who aided Nazi Germany's genocidal programs of political- and ethnic-cleansing.

This process will require Canada to account for its decades of support for émigré associations whose founders and leaders included top officials of Nazi puppet regimes, officers of the Waffen SS, veterans of ethnonationalist guerrilla armies, and other apologists for fascism who welcomed Germany's invasion of Eastern Europe as a liberating force. These groups represent right-wing diaspora communities in Canada of Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovak and Ukrainian heritage.)

These groups --- representing communities that deny their forebear's complicity in the Holocaust and other genocidal crimes against humanity --- still receive generous government funding for their:
(a) publications and other media outlets,
(b) events, such as parades and festivals where racist/antisemitic leaders and movements are honoured,
(c) renovations to their cultural centres, where symbols, portraits and statues often venerate fascist statesmen, racist ideologues and Nazi-collaborating military commanders as "freedom fighters."
Government funding to groups that glorify their fascist heritage, includes grants to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the League of Ukrainian Canadians, the Ukrainian Youth Association, and the League of Ukrainian Women. (Learn more about these groups.)

Canada is also bankrolling 80% of a $7.5-million, national monument to anti-communism. Initiated and organized largely by East European groups with roots in fascist movements --- this memorial in Ottawa's sancrosanct Parliamentary precinct is used to venerate leading Nazi collaborators as "Victims of Communism." For example, when the General Cttee. of United Croats of Canada donated to the memory project they honoured fascist Croatian leaders Mile Budak, and Ante Pavelić, Croatia's wartime dictator. Having founded the fascist Ustaša, Pavelić ran Croatia as a Nazi puppet state. His Ustaša regime organized the genocidal mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Serbs, and tens of thousands of Jews and Roma. In 2021, then-finance minister Chrystia Freeland --- who has been deeply engaged with far-right Ukrainian organizations since childhood --- approved an extra $4 million for this memorial.

Besides defunding fascist-rooted groups and their monuments, the Canadian government should also:
(a) acknowledge its shameful history of refusing to accept refugees (Jews and leftists) fleeing the Holocaust, but welcoming Nazi sympathizers, apologists and collaborators, including veterans of fascist military formations.
(b) atone for its efforts to protect Nazi-collaborating war criminals from prosecution and extradition, and
(c) reconcile with communities that were victimized during Canada's Cold-War era of US-style McCarthyism.

Throughout the Cold War, ultranationalist East European groups rallied their communities' support for Canadian complicity in US-led invasions and occupations, such as the wars in Korea and Southeast Asia. Millions of innocent civilians were killed in each of these wars.

More recently, in Latin America, then-Foreign Minister Freeland took a lead role in The Lima Group. Through this multilateral state network, Canada's government has been working since 2017 to oust Venezuela's democratically-elected socialist government.

Knowing our Cold War history is useful in understanding Canada's current proUS/proNATO foreign policies, particularly in Eastern Europe. Since 1991, extremely Russophobic movements, parties and governments there have fought for the "freedom" to celebrate their Nazi-collaborating heritage. In this context, Canada has continued to become an increasingly strident voice in the dangerous escalation of tensions between NATO and Russia.