Judge does not like memorial to victims of communism

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Judge does not like memorial to victims of communism

Postby Bill Whatcott » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:15 am

Our current batch of Supreme Court judge's are of a Frankfurt school neo-Marxist orientation. They outlaw speech they don't like on moral issues and say the truth is no defense. They acquit women of attempted murder when the women hire hitmen to kill their husbands on the grounds the man must have beaten them, even when there was absolutely no evidence of domestic violence prior to the attempted hit. Our court finds strange rights such as a right to wife swapping. Our court reverses its own ruling and decides vulnerable people can kill themselves for a multitude of undefined reasons. Clearly the judges have an affinity to communism and atheism so no surprise such a truthful monument disturbs them.
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John Ivison: Tories should move site of ‘brutalist’ anti-communism memorial — but they won’t
John Ivison
February 26, 2015
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/26 ... -monument/

A stroll west from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., is a tutorial in American history — its monuments and memorials tell of its heroes, its victories and even its defeats, from Washington, through the Second World War, to Martin Luther King; from Korea and Vietnam to Lincoln.

On a street corner five blocks or so north of the National Mall, there is a modest three metre high statue of the Goddess of Democracy that commemorates the Victims of Communism.

When George W. Bush unveiled the memorial in 2007, on the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “tear down this [Berlin] wall” speech, he talked about the Ukrainian victims of Stalin’s Great Famine, the Chinese who died during the Great Leap Forward, Cambodians who suffered under Pol Pot and East Germans shot trying to escape to the West.

The memorial upset the Chinese and the Russians, who pointed out that bad things have happened in Western democracies too but there are no monuments to the victims of capitalism. Vladimir Putin said that Russia has never used a nuclear weapon on civilians.

Ultimately, though, there’s no room for moral relativism. The Victims of Communism monument in Prague sums up its evils eloquently in its dedication “not only to those who were jailed or executed but to all those whose lives were ruined by totalitarian despotism.”

Which brings us to Canada’s own memorial. There is merit in teaching future generations the history of communist tyranny. But is it core to our national experience?

At $5.3-million does it have to cost five times what the Americans spent? And does it have to sit at the heart of the judicial precinct, blocking the Supreme Court from Wellington Street?

I can’t pretend to know much about architecture but I know what I like. And I don’t like the artists’ impressions of the concrete folds that are meant to establish a mood of “ambiance” and “contemplation.” As Prince Charles once said of an extension to the National Gallery in London, it’s like a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend.”

Beverley McLachlin, the Chief Justice, appears to hold a similar view, telling the department overseeing the project that the design could “unintentionally convey a sense of bleakness and brutalism inconsistent with a space dedicated to the administration of justice.”
From the Conservative government’s point of view, the fact that the monument’s proposed location has annoyed the chief justice is probably a plus. That the memorial also displaces long proposed plans to build a new headquarters for the Federal Court of Canada that was to be named the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Building makes it irresistible.

The NDP and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson have already made their opposition to the location known and on Thursday, a number of Liberal MPs came out against the siting of the project.

It’s inconvenient for them that Justin Trudeau is already on record as backing it, long after the location of the memorial site was known. But, better late than never.

But for all their fulminating, the Liberals are not going to be able to move this project. Ground will be broken this summer, and it is anticipated it will be completed within a year
Stephane Dion was careful to point out that there is a moral duty to remember atrocities and that the Liberals back the project in principle just not in the proposed location. Mauril Belanger said millions of dollars have been spent studying the site when the idea was to complete the judicial “triad” by building the Federal Court headquarters. He pointed out that there is a site that would be ideal for the Victims of Communism memorial, further east on Wellington Street, in the Garden of the Provinces. David McGuinty said the government’s actions reflect a “pattern of behaviour” in disrespecting the national capital region.

But for all their fulminating, the Liberals are not going to be able to move this project. Ground will be broken this summer, and it is anticipated it will be completed within a year. The reasons the government is deaf to criticism are, as usual, crude and political ­eight million Canadians trace their origins to countries affected by communism and the Conservatives believe that the most prominent site available works to their political advantage.

As with Washington, a stroll up Canada’s Wellington Street should be a tutorial in Canada’s story ­ told by its monuments, memorials and institutions; from the National War Memorial, past Parliament to the Supreme Court. The Victims of Communism memorial, important as it is, does not fit that bill and, as such, it should be re-located.
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