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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)
of the
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
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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

Lisa Shymko:
In the footsteps of family, community
and far-right, war heroes

By Richard Sanders

(Click here for a PDF to see this article as it appears in print)

Like her father Yuri Shymko, Lisa Shymko has spent decades serving and leading a variety of pro-Bandera émigré groups in Canada and around the world.

1985: Her 23-page antiSoviet essay on Ukrainian nationalism was published in Ukrainian Review,1 the global quarterly of Stepan Bandera’s faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B). Her article was reprinted in ABN Correspondence, the magazine of the Banderite-led AntiBolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN). Both were edited by Slava Stetsko, whose husband Yaroslav was then ABN president.

1986: Lisa Shymko co-coordinated the ABN’s global conference in Toronto. Its keynote speaker, Slava Stetsko, had just become ABN president. Other speakers included Nazi collaborators, and delegates from contras and mujahideen "freedom fighters."

1990: She attended the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe with the World Congress of Free Ukrainians (WCFU) delegation.2 It was led by Ukrainian Andrew Witer, who, as a Conservative MP in 1987, stopped quick passage of a bill to create the Deschênes Commission. Witer called this inquiry into war criminals "a witch-hunting brigade" that "would only cause anger and panic in East European communities."3 He was named 1988’s Person of the Year by the government-created Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Shymko was on WCFU’s team as "an accredited freelance journalist" for Echo, the government-funded League of Ukrainian Canadians’ (LUC) newspaper.

1991-2014: Executive Director, Canadian Friends of Ukraine. It promotes NATO expansion and Canada’s military, political, and economic ties to Ukraine. Its patrons include her father, and former PMs Stephen Harper and Paul Martin.

1992: She co-chaired the public relations subcommittee of a WCFU affiliate, the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations.4

1992: She was Program Coordinator for the Journalists Exchange Project (JEP), funded by billionaire George Soros. Set up by Ukrainian-Canadian Roman Melnyk, then a CBC executive director and "long-time member of the Canadian Friends of Rukh executive," JEP used CBC and TVO staff to train journalists from postSoviet Ukraine.5

1993: She was Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Rukh - Toronto.6 Rukh arose from an antiSoviet movement (in which Chrystia Freeland was deeply involved) that led Ukraine’s successful fight to break up the USSR.

1999-2003: She organized visits by proNATO Ukrainian leaders to Canada such as: President L. Kravchuk (1999), Foreign Minister B. Tarasyuk (2000), ex-Prime Minister Y. Tymoshenko (2003).

2009: She received the Medal of Merit from Ukraine’s proNATO President Victor Yushchenko.

2012: The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented to her by Canada’s Governor General.7

2012-17: Managing Director, Forum TV. (She was succeeded by Stephen Bandera, Winnipeg-born grandson of Stepan Bandera.8) She appeared in Forum TV shows with portraits of OUN military leaders Yevhen Konovalets and Roman Shukhevych.9  In October 2020 Forum TV aired a documentary glorifying the OUN(B), its UPA army, the ABN, leaders Bandera and Yaroslav Stetsko, and various campaigns to promote their Banderite causes in Canada by LUC and its affiliates: LUC Women (LUCW) and the Ukrainian Youth Association.10

2013-16: She represented LUCW on UCC’s board of directors.11

2014-17: National president, LUCW.12

References and notes

1. Lisa Shymko, Ucrainica Research Institute, "The National Question in the USSR," Ukrainian Review, Aut.1985, pp.5-27.

(Note: Her essay relies heavily on Richard Pipes, a far-right Cold Warrior who led a team of CIA analysts that was created by George Bush Sr. to destroy detente by fabricating Soviet threats. Pipes’ son Daniel is as virulently anti-Islamic as his father was anti-communist.)

2. Lisa Shymko, "WCFU in Copenhagen," Ukrainian Weekly, Jun.24, 1990, p.1.

3. "War criminals prove sticky to Canada," Santa Cruz Sentinel, Feb.8, 1987, p.16.

4. Women’s congress to convene in Toronto, Ukrainian Weekly, Oct.18, 1992, p.14.

5. Oksana Zakydalsky, "TV journalists come to Canada to learn from colleagues," Ukrainian Weekly, Dec. 6, 1992, p.4.

6. "The Black Bull in T.O.," The Student, March 1993, p.1.

7. ICSU Welcomes Election of Canadian NGO Leaders, LUC, Jul. 24 2014.

8. Conference in Toronto examines 50 Years of UWC, Echo, Dec.13, 2017.

9. On Forum TV (Jan. 31, 2015), she spoke at a podium flanked by photos of Shukhevych and Konovalets (see 12:57). There is a better image of these portraits—with the red/black battle flag of the OUN-B’s fascist Ukrainian Insurgent Army at 15:08. See also the portrait of Yaroslav Stetsko, leader of the OUN-B and ABN (see 13:03).

10. Forum TV, Oct.25, 2020. (12:20)

11. UCC Board of Directors

12. Remarks by Lisa Shymko, Pres., LUCW, as Canada Airlifts Military Aid to Ukraine, CFB Trenton, Aug.7, 2014.

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