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——加拿大在整个20世纪成了逃离共产主义政府人们的避难所

 
 
加拿大在整个20世纪成了逃离共产主义政府人们的避难所 哈珀:“在20世纪,共产主义的有毒意识形态和无情的行为逐渐蔓延到世界各地,”哈珀说,“其结果是不折不扣的灾难”。1亿的受害者不只是数据,“他们是母亲、父亲、儿子、女儿、朋友和邻居。今天,我们的外交政策体现我们的最高价值。加拿大捍卫和推广对于人类社会至关重要的基本自由,我们反对任何地方,任何人威胁这些价值。”

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加拿大总理哈珀(Stephen Harper)5月30日出席在“赞颂自由”(Tribute to Liberty)的筹款晚宴。(艾文/大纪元)

加拿大在整个20世纪成了逃离共产主义政府人们的避难所

加拿大总理哈珀(Stephen Harper)5月30日在“赞颂自由”(Tribute to Liberty)的筹款晚宴上,表示“共产主义是最致命的思想瘟疫之一”,并感谢“赞颂自由”在首都渥太华建造共产主义受害者纪念碑(Memorial to Victims of Communism)的努力。

2008年,“赞颂自由”成立的目的是要在渥太华建造1座共产主义受害者纪念碑。2010年,联邦政府在施政报告中明确表示支持这项目,政府的出资额,将与民间筹得的善款一致。

总理在演讲中,感谢所有该项目的支持者及捐款人。他说:“你们一直在努力实现的目标,对过去和现在的加拿大人都是重要的,对下一代尤其重要”。因为必须提醒后人,“他们所继承的自由与和平,是经过奋斗和牺牲赢回来的”。

“历史清楚告诉我们,承诺乌托邦的政治意识形态都走向反面,导致人间地狱。“他说,“这就是为什么加拿大需要这纪念碑,为什么我们如此感激‘赞颂自由’的努力,因为它提醒我们,那些最致命的思想瘟疫之一—共产主义的受害者们的名字和故事。”

共产主义带来人类灾难

据估计,共产主义在100年内杀害了超过1亿人。“赞颂自由(Tribute to Liberty)”称,加拿大有800万人曾生活在共产体制的国家或与之有关系。

“在20世纪,共产主义的有毒意识形态和无情的行为逐渐蔓延到世界各地,”哈珀说,“其结果是不折不扣的灾难”。1亿的受害者不只是数据,“他们是母亲、父亲、儿子、女儿、朋友和邻居。”

筹款晚宴主持人赫尔加维克(Robert Herjavec)是加拿大成功商人和电视节目主持人,来自一个共产主义受害者家庭,8岁随父母从南斯拉夫坐船逃到加拿大。

赫尔加维克说,他们在南斯拉夫时,说共产主义不好的人会被关入监狱。“我父亲被关入了监狱”。出狱后他成了更坚定的反共者,“后来他又被21次投入监狱”。

他说,那监狱在一个意思是“白岛”的地方,人们对他父亲说:“如果你真能回家的话,你绝不会再来这”。“所以,后来他带着我母亲和我,来到了这个伟大的国家。”

“赞颂自由”的网站上已经有很多共产主义受害者的感人故事,它们来自在中国、朝鲜、越南和前苏联及东欧等国的受害者。这些故事将被收藏在将来的共产主义受害者纪念碑内。

加拿大不忘历史教训

总理称,加拿大不会忘记历史的教训。他在演讲中说:“我们的政府已经吸取过去的教训。我们已经使用这些加拿大人的例子和经验,指导我们现在的行动,建立我们的外交政策。”

“今天,我们的外交政策体现我们的最高价值。“他说,加拿大捍卫和推广对于人类社会至关重要的基本自由,我们反对任何地方,任何人威胁这些价值。”

哈珀在演讲中提到,在整个20世纪,加拿大成了逃离共产政府的人们的避难所,他们在加拿大找到了“安全、自由、机会和希望”,并勤奋工作,帮助建设加拿大。

赫尔加维克说,他父亲在加拿大做各种体力活,通常做2份工作。有一次父亲被裁员,当他提醒父亲可以申请失业金时,他父亲说:“我绝不会申请失业金,因为这国家不欠我任何东西,但给了我机会。”

总理称,他同意圣若望保禄二世(Saint, John Paul II)所说“20世纪是眼泪的世纪”。哈珀说:“在这个世纪里,巨大的邪恶——军国主义、法西斯主义和共产主义,扼杀了光明和自由、民主、公正的生活。”

“已经生活得足够久的人会知道,邪恶的形式多种多样,似乎在将他们自己一次又一次重塑。”哈珀说,“但是,不管它自称什么--纳粹主义、马克思列宁主义,或恐怖主义,他们都有一个共同点:破坏,导致人类自由终结。”

加拿大总理哈珀“赞颂自由”英文演讲全文如下:

Toronto, Ontario

30 May2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks at the Tribute to Liberty Dinner in Toronto:

“Thank you very much.

“Thank you, Senator Ngo for that kind introduction, and thank you all, ladies and gentlemen, for that very warm welcome.

“Distinguished guests, colleagues from the Parliament of Canada, ladies and gentlemen.

“We know the reason why we’re gathered together this evening, but let me briefly share with you the how.

“In2008, Tribute to Liberty approached our Government with an idea and a question.

“First, the idea: to help construct a monument in our Nation’s Capital that would honour for all time the hundreds of millions of men, women and children who have struggled and continue to struggle against the tyranny of communism, those who lived and those who, tragically, did not.

“And second: would our Government work with them in carrying out this vision.

“Now you already know our answer.

“In2010 in the Speech from the Throne, our Government made known our strong and clear support for Tribute to Liberty’s vision of a memorial to those who have suffered under communism.

“Let me take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Tribute to Liberty, in particular, to you, Board Chair Klimkowski, to current Treasurer, past Chair Forstmanis, to the entire board, to all of the donors.

“The goal you have been working towards is important to Canadians, past and present, but it is especially so for future generations.

“For they must be forever reminded– forever– that the freedom and peace they stand to inherit was earned through struggle and sacrifice, and must always be cherished as a precious and unique thing.

“There are others who also deserve– some of my colleagues I know who also deserve– special thanks: Jason Kenney and the members of his team who have been invested in this project from the very beginning, John Baird, Shelly Glover, Senator Linda Frum, certainly Senator Yonah Kim-Martin, Senator Ngo, and of course my thanks to each and every one of you, because I know each and every one here has been a supporter.

“Thank you for your generous and ongoing support.

“And give all the organizers a very big hand for what they’ve done.

“Now friends, our work is nearly done.

“In fact, the Jury will be selecting the winning monument design team in a matter of months.

“And so, as they– as you– carry out this noble task, know that you have the admiration and appreciation of Canadians.

“For you mark a chapter in human history that is truly harrowing.

“During the20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology and ruthless practice slowly bled into countries all around the world, on almost every continent.

“The result was nothing short of catastrophic.

“More than one hundred million souls were lost, an almost incomprehensible number.

“We must never forget that these are not numbers, they are not statistics.

“They were mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbours.

“Their futures, their potential, their hopes and dreams, were stolen from them.

“Our hearts break for those who suffered and we mourn for those who were crushed.

“In Canada, we feel this pain so acutely because nearly one quarter of all Canadians were either held captive by communism’s chains or are the sons and daughters of those who were.

“Indeed, throughout the20th century, Canada became a haven for those fleeing communist governments, as Robert described to us, and a new home to those who wanted to live in freedom.

“And so, over nearly100 years they came– your grandparents, mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters– you came, from Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Cambodia, the former Czechoslovakia, the former Yugoslavia, the former East Germany– I could go on– Vietnam, China, North Korea, Cuba, Albania and others.

“And when these freedom-seekers arrived, many having risked their lives to get here, instead of communism’s oppression, they found Canadian safety.

“Instead of communism’s restrictions, they found Canadian freedom.

“Instead of communism’s grim determinism, they found Canadian opportunity.

“Instead of communism’s fear, they found Canadian hope.

“Safety, freedom, opportunity, hope.

“That was Canada.

“And that is still our Canada today.

“Now since arriving here– once again I love the story Robert told us– but since arriving here these men and women worked hard.

“They raised strong families.

“They’ve upheld and promoted Canadian values.

“And through their innumerable contributions from coast to coast to coast, they have helped make Canada a better country.

“And friends, just as Canada combated communism at home by serving as a safe-haven for hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees, abroad, we vigorously defended freedom wherever it was threatened.

“Canadians know that the dangers and difficulties of the world do not go away simply by closing our eyes to them.

“And so with open eyes and a desire to do what is right and good, Canadians have led.

“During the Cold war, Canada was there on the frontier between East and West Germany.

“During those challenging years of one of my predecessors, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, stood shoulder to shoulder with the giants, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President Ronald Reagan, and Pope, now Saint John Paul II, until the Cold War was successfully and decisively concluded.

“We threw our support and strength behind the people of the Baltic republics for50 years, refusing to recognize their illegal annexation by the Soviet union until they were finally liberated, as were the other captive nations of Eastern and Central Europe.

“Canada was a refuge for tens of thousands of Chinese fleeing the horrors of the Cultural Revolution.

“We welcomed more than sixty thousand Vietnamese refugees- the boat people- after the Fall of Saigon, as already been said including our first member of the Upper House of Vietnamese decent, Senator Ngo.

“We spoke out in those days against anti-Semitism in the Communist world, against the expulsion of Jewish citizens and against the horrific mass deportation of Crimean Tatars, the70th anniversary of which we mark with sorrow, and with reminders unfortunately, this very month.

“Canada offered shelter to the Czech writer, Josef Skvorecky, and of course, to the Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko, who gave the west one of the very first warnings of the dangers to come in the Cold War, and who actually lived just a few blocks south of Parliament Hill.

“Canada was there in1991 as the first western country to recognize a newly independent Ukraine and friends, Canada is still there for the people of Ukraine.

“In fact, there is no western country that has been closer and had closer ties to Ukraine than Canada, and you must know that we are all fiercely proud of that.

“Since the late19thCentury, we received with open arms hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian settlers.

“We called the Holodomor what it was, a mass genocide by starvation.

“And in2008, at the initiative of my colleague James Bezan who’s here tonight, we passed an Act of Parliament declaring the fourth Saturday of November to be Holodomor Memorial Day in this country.

“Now ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to return to Ukraine in just a moment, because the current situation there has serious and far-reaching implications for peoples everywhere.

“But before I do, let me explain why it is that Canadians vigorously promote freedom, why so many Canadians have been willing to give their lives defending it.

“It’s simple, really.

“Freedom, for everyone, is at the heart of what it means to be Canadian.

“Canadians have a long history of guarding our freedoms at home.

“And we have an equally proud history of defending freedom abroad.

“Another one of my predecessors, Prime Minister St. Laurent, who served in the early post-war years, put it well when he said, and I quote:‘The vigour and liberty of our national way of life are the foundations for playing our role in the Cold War.’

“A statement, I would add, that applies equally to virtually all of Canada’s historic military engagements abroad.

“Now I must pause here, however, with immense regret to note that Canada has not always lived up to these high aspirations.

“There have been times when we’ve fallen short, heeded the calls of those who preferred to see Canada sidelined, to see Canada serve as a neutral bystander instead of a principled actor.

“Those who preached moral-equivalency and who said that Canada should learn to accept totalitarian communism as just another option.

“They were the people who showed blindness to the unparalleled crimes of Maoism in China.

“Indifference in the face of the communist coup against Poland’s Solidarity in1981 and who pushed the so-called Peace Initiative of1984, not long before the Warsaw Pact collapsed.

“Friends, our Government has learned from the past and we have used these Canadian examples and experiences– both proud and shameful– to guide our present actions and shape our foreign policies.

“Today, our foreign policies are informed by our highest values.

“Canada defends and promotes the basic freedoms that are crucial to maintaining human society and we oppose those everywhere who threaten those values.

“Under our Government, Canada has cut support for terrorist-led governments.

“We’ve condemned human rights abuses.

“And, ladies and gentlemen, Canada proudly, resolutely, unequivocally stands with the people of Ukraine.

“Now I just want to add something: I was told a couple of weeks ago that Mr. Putin made some comments.

“He said he didn’t understand why Harper and Canada cared so much about Ukraine; it’s a long way away, he says.

“The fact that he doesn’t get it tells you there’s a problem.

“Freedom, democracy, justice: that’s what it’s all about for the people of Ukraine.

“A couple of months ago I travelled to Ukraine as some of you know, the first G-7 leader to do so.

“During my visit I had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.

“And when we met I shared with him– as I continue to share with my counterparts in the G-7 and beyond– that what is happening today to the millions in Ukraine is both a wake-up call and a call to action.

“Over the last several months, indeed years, the world has watched as President Putin has grown more comfortable with confrontation.

“His boldness has increased since Russian troops first made an open grab for power in Crimea.

“The impact of the Putin regime’s expansionism and militarism extends beyond Ukraine.

“It threatens the security of our Eastern European allies and, by extension, the stability and security of the world.

“Now friends, I cannot predict what these next few months or years hold for Ukraine, for Europe, or for Canada.

“But I do know this: Canadians have always supported freedom and democracy for all people and we will not hold back that support now from the people of Ukraine.

“Canada will do what we have always tried to do, the right thing.

“Now let me just close with this.

“Pope, now Saint, John Paul II referred to the20thCentury as the century of tears.

“And, for countless tens of millions of people, he was right.

“In the course of that century, its great evils– militarism, fascism and communism– snuffed out the lights and the lives of freedom, democracy and justice.

“But just as stars shine more brightly as darkness claims the sky at night, so I believe Canada, the North Star, stood out as these shadows fell across the globe.

“Now those of us who have lived long enough will know that evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again.

“But whatever it calls itself- Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism- they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end, of human liberty.

“My fear is this: as we move further into the21st century, Canadians, especially new generations, will forget or will not be taught the lessons hard learned and the victories hard earned over the last100 years.

“That they will fall even further in love with ease and convenience.

“And that they will not understand that their rights and their advantages, their peace and their security, were won by people willing to live and die for what is good and right.

“That they will not appreciate how precious and rare our way of life here in Canada today truly is.

“And that they will not recognize these grave threats when they re-appear.

“What history has taught us is one clear thing: that the political ideologies that promise utopia lead to the opposite, hell on earth.

“That’s why Canada needs this monument, and why we are so grateful to the work of Tribute of Liberty that reminds us of the names and the stories of those lost to one of the deadliest ideological plagues ever spread, to communism.

“This monument is part of marking our path as a nation, and, thus, helping to ensure that we do not lose our way.

“Thank you very much.”

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/05/30/statement-prime-minister-canada-toronto-0#sthash.YmAj6b0V.dpuf

 

 
 
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