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Defunding the Myths and Cults of
Cold War Canada:
Ongoing state support for East European
émigré groups with deep fascist roots

(Collaborators, Crusades and Coverups in an era of “truth and reconciliation”)

Issue #70, Press for Conversion! (Spring 2021)
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Defunding Cold War Canada

Table of Contents

Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War propaganda in context
L.B.Pearson: Godfather of Cda’s Cold War on the new "Red" enemy
Pearson College and NATO’s United World Colleges
The CBC’s “Voice of Canada” --  Weapon of Cold War propaganda
‘Voice of America’ & the CIA’s ‘Radio Free Europe’ & “Radio Liberty’
L.B.Pearson: Groomed by King, St. Laurent & the ‘Big antiRed Machine'
Mackenzie King gave shocking praise for Hitler until the eve of war in 1939
Liberal immigration: "None is too many" and Too many is not enough
Why did King have such adoring admiration for Nazi Germany's dictator?
King loved Hitler’s hate speech against “Jewish international Bolshevism”

“Captive Nations” and their "Black-Ribbon-Day" crusade
The ignored historical context of “Black Ribbon Day” (Aug. 23, 1939)
“Captive Nations”: Nazi trope to CIA meme to Cold-War trump card
The “Captive Nations” conceit in Nazi propaganda
John Diefenbaker: Strong voice at the UN for “Captive Nations” bloc
The BRD campaign: Canada’s top Cold War propaganda export
The late Cold War context of the BRD crusade
Ongoing propaganda of the former "Captive Nations":
    (1) Canada’s anti-communism monument and (2) the Magnitsky laws

Far-right roots:
East European émigré groups in Canada & abroad

Estonian Central Council in Canada
   Estonia glorifies Nazi veterans as ‘freedom fighters’
Estonian World Council
Lithuanian Canadian Community and the Lithuanian World Community
   Lithuanian nationalists now have 'freedom' to glorify Nazi heritage
Latvian National Federation in Canada
World Federation of Free Latvians
Slovak World Congress and the Canadian Slovak League
Council of Free Czechoslovakia & Czechoslovak Nat'l Assoc. of Cda.

Ukrainian linchpin of Cda’s postwar, far-right diaspora
Krakow and Ottawa, 1940: "A Tale of Two Cities," and two UCCs:
(1) Germany’s Ukrainian Central Cttee. and (2) Canada's Ukrainian Canadian Cttee.

The Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations & World AntiCommunist League
Yaroslav Stetsko: Leader of proNazi Ukraine, 1941

State-funded centres of Canada’s Bandera cult and its Bandera youth
Roman Shukhevych: Assassin, terrorist, war criminal and cult hero

Getting them young: Instilling Ukrainian patriotism in children and youth
Plast recruited for Nazi’s Waffen SS Galicia; now recruits for Ukraine
From Chomiak to Freeland: “keep that flame alive”
Chrystia Freeland: “Accidental journalist” or groomed for the job?
Myron Kuropas: Downplaying Holocaust; Exaggerating Holodomor
Turning from same page: Freeland wrote for pro-fascist publications
Yuri Shymko: From Bandera youth leader, MPP & MP, to elder statesman
Lisa Shymko: In the footsteps of family, community & far-right, war heroes
Rubbing political shoulders with the ABN in Toronto

The struggle continues...                                            Abridged Index

Pearson was groomed for power by Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent, and their
‘Big [anti-] Red Machine'

Pres. Eisenhower (left) met Prime Minister St. Laurent (bottom right), Cdn. ambassador Hume Wrong to the US (top left), Foreign Minister Pearson (centre) and US Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles (top right) to discuss their war against communism in Korea, and other matters. US Vice Pres. Richard Nixon said the talks "assist in tightening the bonds of co-operation between the two countries." (St.Louis Post Dispatch, May 7, 1953, p.2.)

By Richard Sanders

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Lester Pearson’s rise through the ranks of Canada’s political bureaucracy was facilitated by leaders of the Liberal Party. As a civil servant with steadfast loyalty to the powers that be, his elders saw him as a budding star to be nurtured and groomed.

Initially, Pearson’s most important mentor was Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister. Just before retiring in 1948, King anointed Pearson his external affairs minister. With this move, Pearson—a career diplomat who had served King’s government in the imperial capitals of London and Washington during WWII—was promoted to cabinet without ever having to run for office.

After retiring, King was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent, who retained Pearson as foreign minister throughout his government (1948-57). Then, in 1958, when St. Laurent retired, he chose Pearson to replace him as Liberal leader. As political scientist Stephen Clarkson said in The Big Red Machine (2005), this was "a clear laying on of hands," when "the long-acknowledged dauphin ... was duly crowned by the party establishment and endorsed by the partisan faithful." With the patronage of St. Laurent and the Liberal establishment, Pearson won the party’s leadership with about 80% of the convention’s votes.

Prime Minister Mackenzie King greets his
handpicked, heir apparent, Louis St. Laurent
(and his wife,
Jeanne), at the Liberal Party
leadership convention, August 7, 1948.

St. Laurent too had been selected by his political predecessor to rule the Liberal Party. By the time King retired in late 1948 it was clear that St. Laurent was his choice for prime minister. St. Laurent, who had been a corporate lawyer for some 35 years, was appointed to King’s cabinet in 1941. Although he had never been elected to any level of government, St. Laurent became King’s justice minister and his powerful Quebec lieutenant. Then, in 1945, King made St. Laurent his external affairs minister. This in effect made him King’s designate for prime minister. In 1949, after King retired, his political prodigy, St. Laurent, with the backing of the Liberal-Party machine, won about 75% of the seats in the federal election.

Pearson and St. Laurent shared a
love for Cold-War hatemongering

Besides entering politics as unelected cabinet ministers, and having served their Liberal government mentors as external affairs ministers, St. Laurent and King shared another key political pedigree. As staunch anticommunists they embraced a fearmongering hatred bent on destroying the USSR, and crushing Red sympathizers at home and abroad. This rabid Cold-War mentality was mandatory for receiving support from the US superpower to which Canada is still subordinated. Hand in glove with this worldview was their blind-eye support for US-led wars, coups and invasions. Both St. Laurent and Pearson had also played enthusiastic roles in creating the NATO military alliance which has had first-strike nuclear-weapons policies since its inception 1949. With missionary zeal, these two religious men avidly promoted the idea of a "total-war" crusade against the USSR, despite its pivotal role in the Allies’ military defeat of Nazi Germany.

Building NATO to protect ‘peace’ for the
"civilization of western Christendom"

St. Laurent’s Cold War ravings were identical to those of his protegé, Lester Pearson. For example, at the International Trade Fair in Toronto on June 11, 1948, St. Laurent manufactured consent for what would become the NATO military pact. In his speech as external affairs minister, St. Laurent described the Cold War with a passionate, religious fervour:

[T]otalitarian Communist aggression constitutes a direct and immediate threat to every democratic country, including Canada. It endangers our freedom and our peace.It puts in jeopardy the values and virtues of the civilization of western Christendom of which we are heirs and defenders...

This [anticommunist] force must not be only military; it must be economic; it must be moral. Just as in the last war, so also today, we are engaged in a ‘struggle for the control of men’s minds and men’s souls.’1 (Emphasis added.)

1. Louis St. Laurent, cited by Robert Alexander Mackay, in Canadian Foreign Policy 1945-1954; Selected Speeches and Documents, 1971. p.84.

Louis St. Laurent, "Moral and economic force the answer: Canada's design for peace," Regina Leader Post, June 25, 1948, p.13.

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myths that define and confine us.)


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Watch the COAT website
for news about....

  (1) an upcoming book
by Richard Sanders

with the
  working title...

The Grooming
of a Liberal
War Hawk
Chrystia Freeland


(2)  a upcoming, online petition to:

      (a)  Expose Canada's ongoing, Cold-War
      alliance with fascist-rooted groups, and

      (b)  Defund those groups which still
      glorify their Nazi-collaborating heroes.


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