December 11, 2023

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Deschênes Commission |  The government is weighing the option of releasing the names of former Nazi soldiers in Canada

Deschênes Commission | The government is weighing the option of releasing the names of former Nazi soldiers in Canada

(Ottawa) In the wake of the Najib faction’s ex-soldier pat-down scandal in Parliament, Justin Trudeau has opened up to the idea of ​​releasing a section of the commission’s 1986 report that names ex-servicemen. -Nazi soldiers who may have immigrated to Canada.

“We have ensured that senior officials will look into the matter very carefully, including digging through the archives, and they will make appropriate recommendations to the relevant ministers,” the prime minister told a Liberal caucus meeting on Wednesday morning.

One of the ministers involved, Mark Miller, in the Department of Immigration, showed similar transparency several days ago. He reiterated that on Wednesday. “We have to examine whether we can declassify these documents,” he said, “and not be penalized.” [n’était] Not an option.”

He noted, however, that this “will require sensitivity, and some time,” from the authorities in charge of deciding what can and cannot be classified, in order to shed light on Canada’s dark history with welcoming the Nazis.

Established in 1986 under Brian Mulroney, the Descendent Commission released its report in 1986. One of the two parts of the report, which contains the names of alleged Nazis who immigrated to Canada, is classified as secret.

Jewish organizations such as B’nai Brith and the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies are pushing for its full disclosure. The appeal resurfaced after the censure given in parliament on 22 September to Yaroslav Hanka, a former member of the Waffen SS.

The affair prompted the resignation of House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota, who had invited the 98-year-old to attend a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He also urged Justin Trudeau to apologize on behalf of Parliament.

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Since then, the Russian propaganda machine has been in overdrive. The Kremlin is ramping up its support against Canada, presenting its large-scale invasion of Ukraine as a “special operation” aimed at “humiliating” its neighbor.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Vladimir Putin’s regime, wrote back in X this Tuesday, “The whole world saw. [Volodymyr Zelensky] Appreciate the elder of 1D SS Division Galicia Yaroslav Hanka in Parliament of Canada.