Canada's Treasury Board President Tony Clement
Credits: REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE
Communist regimes were perhaps the single most evil and destructive force of the 20th century.
This brutish and inhumane form of government stripped away individualism and freedom. It subjected all people to a harsh and all-powerful totalitarian state.
There was no room for dissent or disagreement. If someone opposed or even questioned the state, they were exiled, arrested or, far too often, murdered without trial.
Thankfully, communism eventually failed under the weight of its own inefficiencies and the inevitable failures of central planners. It was rendered to the ash heap of history as Ronald Reagan wisely predicted.
As we try to put communism behind us, one member of our federal government is actually spending money to commemorate a famous Maoist communist. That's right, Treasury Board president and allegedly Conservative MP Tony Clement is championing a memorial to an ally of Chairman Mao. You know, one of humanity's most brutal dictators, a guy responsible for the death of more than 60 million Chinese during his vicious reign. Yes, your hard-earned tax dollars are going to a communist memorial in Canada.
Tony Clement, king of pork-and-barrel spending on Parliament Hill, has generously allocated $2.5 million of your taxpayer dollars to honour one of Chairman Mao's lackeys.
In a complete spectacle, Clement arrived at the pork announcement in a rickshaw of all things. Yes, apparently this Ottawa bigwig likes being charioted by us common folk, in a bizarre, degrading arrival.
Clement then stood at attention for the playing of the Red Chinese national anthem.
And who is this communist idol being worshipped with your tax dollars? Norman Bethune, a Canadian-born doctor.
After going to fight for the communists in the Spanish Civil War, Bethune headed to China to tend to Mao's communist troops.
The communists later turned Bethune into a messiah, the way communist states use propaganda and revisionist history to brew nationalism and subversion. School children in China are still taught about this supposed heroic martyr.
Folks, I don't take communism lightly. I have a personal connection to communism. I was smuggled out of communist Hungary in a backpack as a child. I was fortunate to escape life behind the Iron Curtain, but millions upon millions of innocent people remain trapped under the iron grip of communism.
There is zero excuse for Tony Clement's disgraceful shenanigans. The Chinese can prop up false idols to hide the horrors of communism, but Canada should play no part in this.
Canadians deserve better. They deserve more accountability for their hard-earned tax dollars. Surely there are better ways for Stephen Harper to build bridges with China than to pay homage to one of Mao's favourite defectors. Shame on him and shame on Tony Clement.
The Bethune Memorial House, the ridiculous statues and any other institution celebrating deadly communist regimes should never be built on Canadian soil, let alone receive public money from Canadians.
Tony Clement should be ashamed of himself.