Minister Freeland's Grandfather,
"It takes a village to raise a Nazi" (old African proverb, slightly modified)
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This issue (#68) deals with the mass internment of Ukrainian Canadians, this community's left-right split and the mainstream racist, xenophobic anti-communism of progressive "Social Gospellers" (like the CCF's J.S. Woodsworth) who were so captivated by their false beliefs that they carried out the genocide of First Nations and turned a blind eye to government repression during the 20th-century "Red Scare."
Unfortunately, the process of truth and reconciliation within Canada's postwar Ukrainian émigré community ‑ concerning their links to WWII war crimes, the ethnic cleansing of Poles, the Holocaust, and the mass murder Soviet citizens ‑ has yet to begin in earnest.
While the progressive Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora, which strongly opposed the Liberal government's efforts to bring thousands of Waffen SS Galicia veterans to Canada after WWII, certainly have "confronted" Ukrainian complicity in the mass murder, Himka is right to point out that there still exists an acute case of historical amnesia among ultranationalist Ukrainians.
Although this blind spot for Ukrainian complicity in horrors such as the Holocaust has been the subject of much research and discussion within the academic community,[ii] it is almost completely unknown to the Canadian public and to the mainstream media which supposedly keeps us informed.
Meanwhile, politicians ‑ from all of our parliamentary parties ‑ regularly bend over backwards in their efforts to court votes from Canada's now sizable ultranationalist Ukrainian community.
Because Chrystia Freeland is such a prominent symbol of this sector of the Ukrainian-Canadian "Third Wave" community, with her own special family connections to Nazi-Ukrainian collaboration, and because of her prominent position within cabinet, she might just be the "star candidate" which Justin Trudeau needs to lead the important task of acknowledging this truth and finally reconciling with the past. Although painful, this process would certainly be useful to the well-being of our society which supposedly epitomises such highly-puffed "Canadian values" as multiculturalism, human rights, justice and peace.
But we should not be naive. The last thing Chrystia Freeland and the Liberal government want is any discussion of their close links to Nazi collaborationists. A shemozzle like that would be harmful to their ambitions; it might even help to deflate Canada's economic sanctions regime against Russia, its avid support for NATO's ongoing, provocatively bellicose military efforts to surround, contain and continually provoke the Russian bear, and our military assistance to the controversial, Bandera-revering regime in Ukraine.[iii]
They are therefore not going to come clean and divulge the details about Chrystia Freeland's maternal grandfather or, more importantly, the Liberal government's instrumental role in bringing him and many thousands of other Nazi coolaborators to Canada.
John-Paul Himka, Letter, "The Kuropas Affair: Further Discussion,"
Brama, March 23, 2005.
[ii] See for instance the many academic writings of John Paul Himka, Per Anders Rudling, Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe and Marco Carynnyk.
[iii] As Michael Jabara Carley, history professor at the University of Montreal, explains:
"Why should Canadians care one way or another whether their government supports the Ukraine and sends arms and advisors there to strengthen Ukrainian military forces? Well, the most important reason is that the present government in Kiev is illegitimate in spite of democratic appearances. It is the spawn of a violent coup d’état in February 2014, brokered and supported by the United States and the European Union, which overthrew the democratically elected president Viktor Yanukovich. The vanguard of the Kiev coup d’état are neo-Nazi, fascist or ultra nationalist political and paramilitary organisations, notably the political party Svoboda, the paramilitary Pravyi sektor and various other paramilitary forces such as the so-called Azov and Aidar battalions. These paramilitary units were and are used to crush opposition in those parts of the Ukraine controlled by Kiev."
Michael Jabara Carley,
Will Chrystia Freeland Finally Ruin Canadian-Russian Relations?"
Strategic Culture, March 16, 2017.