HANNAFORD's TALKING POINTS: How about finishing the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, and other eye-rollers

As a monument to sexual minorities proceeds on  Parliament Hill, Trudeau Liberals show little enthusiasm for unveiling the Memorial to the Victims of Communism
As a monument to sexual minorities proceeds on Parliament Hill, Trudeau Liberals show little enthusiasm for unveiling the Memorial to the Victims of CommunismTribute to Liberty

A tale of two monuments

Whatever you think about the official narrative that inspired the so-called 'Thunderhead' monument, the taxpayer-funded project itself has moved from conception to ground-breaking at a commendable pace.

Not so the vastly more significant Monument to the Victims of Communism. Sadly, it is perfect illustration of where Trudeau Liberal priorities — and their true affections — lie.

The Thunderhead monument, to be built in Ottawa near the Parliament Buildings, is to draw attention to the firing of sexual-minority government employees deemed in a less permissive time to be security blackmail risks. It is marketed to Canadians today as "The Purge."

Official sources claim 'thousands' of victims. Interested parties turned sod at the construction site, May 1st.

Official interest in the Memorial to the Victims of Communism continues to languish, however.

A little context: The area surrounding Parliament Hill is rich with monuments to people and things as diverse as the War of 1812, most prime ministers, Queen Victoria, Terry Fox and a young man remembered for the sacrifice of his own life more than a hundred years ago, in a vain attempt to rescue a young woman who had fallen through thin ice while skating. If something in Canada is worth remembering, Parliament Hill is the place to put it.

Some things are indeed truly worth remembering. It is therefore sad to acknowledge that after 17 years, the monument honouring almost 100 million people murdered by the world's communists, and their families and descendants who live in Canada, has yet to be unveiled.

First pitched in 2007 during the Harper years and approved for Parliament Hill in 2009, the Tribute to Liberty monument was originally to be erected between the Supreme Court of Canada and the National Library of Canada. The necessary funds were raised largely by public subscription.

However, following the 2015 election that brought the Trudeau Liberals to power, one of the new governments first acts was to move the site off Parliament Hill, to a less prominent site further west and off The Hill. The Liberal government also insisted on a new design, further delaying construction. Work continues.

The Trudeau Liberal government could not have made it more obvious by its actions and inaction, where their sentiments lie.

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia FreelandWS Files

No ceilings, no barriers

To begin with, our friends at Blacklocks report that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is hiking the national debt ceiling for the second time in three years to a record $2.1 trillion.

Think about that. Twice in three years? Obviously, there’s no such thing as Santa Claus and there’s no such thing as a Government of Canada debt ceiling, is there?

How long, oh Lord, how long?

Heather McPherson
Heather McPhersonCourtesy Nathan Gross/CBC

Putting Albertans' interests last

Also in Ottawa, Edmonton MP Heather McPherson has brought in a private member’s bill (Bill C-387) to block Alberta withdrawing from the Canada Pension Plan. What you feel about that depends upon what you feel about the APP I suppose, but there is nothing magic in the eastern air that makes the administration of the CPP inevitably more prudent or profitable than an APP administered within Alberta. Certainly, past Alberta governments have made poor investments in the past. However while it isn’t fair to lay the TMX cost over-runs at the feet of the CPP, it’s not as if they always get it right back east, either.

Personally, anything that brings more decision-making back to Alberta at Ottawa’s expense, whether it’s a provincial police force or collecting our own income tax, is a step forward. Thus, I rather liked the comment from Finance Minister Nate Horner: “This fits the NDP’s pattern of putting Albertans’ interests last.”

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