In 1945
when Nazi Germany and its fascist collaborators were defeated,
many believed that peace and justice would finally prevail.
Throughout the Cold War, the struggle has continued...

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of the first 1000 petitioners demanding:

"Stop the Canadian government's funding of
groups that glorify Nazi collaborators

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Robert Argue

Robert Argue is professor emeritus and past chair (1992-97) of the Department of Sociology at the university formerly known as Ryerson and currently known as ‘X.’ Since joining the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at age 12, he has been active on matters relating to peace, labour rights, housing and food co-operatives and food security. Originally from Saskatchewan, he studied Sociology at the Universities of Regina, Calgary, and York. He was employed at Ryerson from 1972 until his retirement in 2008. He currently lives in Sudbury.

"I signed this petition because I have long had an interest in European fascism and its links to various nationalist groups, particularly Ukrainian nationalism and the links between the branches of these groups in Canada and the Canadian government. This interest was sparked by a Ukrainian friend of mine who used to translate various nationalist publications for me. He passed on his horror of their attempts to whitewash Nazi collaborators and vicious antisemites.

"The post-war nationalist groups that still cherish their wartime fascist heroes, have long been a festering wound in Canadian society. If we cannot excise these groups it is long past time, at the very least, that we deny them public funding. Their support for Canada's bellicose foreign policy constitutes a danger to us all."

Sandra Beardsall   

Rev. Dr. Beardsall is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a scholar of history and ecumenical studies. Originally from Ontario, she ministered in Newfoundland and Labrador, and was professor of church history and ecumenics at St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, from 1997 until her retirement in August 2021. Her  teaching, research, and personal commitments include the history of Christianity in Canada and ecumenical and interfaith engagement at local, national, and international levels.

Sandra serves on the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order. There she co-moderates a group seeking common theological ground on contemporary issues, including the intersection of peace and religious pluralism.

She contributed to a just-published book featuring essays from Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and community partners: Honouring the Declaration: Church Commitments to Reconciliation and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"History is littered with warnings about the dangers of uncritically legitimizing one’s culture with religious and political approval," states Rev. Dr. Beardsall. "That the government would provide funding to Canadian groups seeking to glorify their Nazi-collaborating forebears is deeply troubling. Not only does it misrepresent the past, it helps to fuel vicious and hate-based ideologies in the present. This petition invites us to demand and shape a better future for Canada and the world."

Alison Bodine

Originally from the US, Alison lives in Vancouver where she is an antiwar, climate justice and social justice organizer. Besides being on the editorial board of the Fire This Time newspaper, Alison is chair of the Mobilization Against War and Occupation antiwar coalition in Vancouver.

Alison regularly publishes articles on climate justice, migrant and refugee issues, and Venezuela. Most recently, her articles have been published by Fire This Time, Venezuelanalysis, Global Research, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Common Dreams, Monthly Review and CounterPunch.

She is also the coordinator of the Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and author of the book Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Venezuela (2018). She has been a speaker and participant at international antiwar and anti-imperialist events in Cuba, Venezuela, Ireland, England, and the U.S.

“By funding groups that glorify Nazi collaborators and fascist leaders, the government of Canada once again exposes a pattern of behaviour that matches its firm stand on the side of the US in the dangerous new Cold War against China and Russia.  More than 75 years since the end of WW2, humanity is still suffering from the deep wound of the Holocaust. Ongoing support for fascist-rooted groups makes it unbelievable that the government of Canada is serious about fighting xenophobia, neoNazism and organized racism at home or abroad. Canada must immediately stop its inhuman foreign policy practices. This petition is an important contribution to our antifascist, antiwar, and antiNATO organizing in Canada.”

Elizabeth Briemberg

Growing up in England after WW2, Elizabeth knew that Nazi Germany received extensive fascist support from across eastern Europe. That and the H-bomb tests in the early fifties led to her involvement in antiwar activism in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (England), the anti-Vietnam war movement (California), and Vancouver's Committee to Aid American War Objectors. Elizabeth has also supported Palestinian rights and helped women organize into unions and demand their reproductive rights.

Working as a family mediator, Elizabeth knows that working through conflict cooperatively is the most important, humane and effective solution. Since retirement, she has volunteered with immigrant and refugee agencies, and with a low-income, women's housing project.

"Having lived through the negative consequences of the fifties' Cold War, I am exceedingly anxious that Canada’s present foreign policy is promoting another Cold War against Russia and China. Canada should leave NATO and work to disband it. Created as a defensive force, it is now used as an aggressive force against Russia and has joined America's Middle-East war making. There are no Russian troops on our borders, why on earth does Canada put troops on Russia's border? Canada should return troops from Latvia, Ukraine and elsewhere and direct energy toward a multipolar world that resolves conflicts by dialogue and diplomacy. Our government should stop funding far-right nationalist groups within Canada that spread antiRussian propaganda. Their misinformation favours the direction of Canada's dangerous foreign policies."

Roberto D. Carrasco   

Born in Cuba in 1947, Roberto emigrated to the US in 1962 and joined the civil rights and antiVietnam-war movements in 1967. When drafted in 1969, he moved to Canada, became a landed immigrant and took Quaker-run courses on US military law. Returning to the US to be forced back into the army, he refused to swear alliance to the flag, organized dissent and became their nightmare. Deserting in 1970, he fled back to Canada to escape sedition charges.

In 1972, Roberto moved to Chile to experience its turn to socialism when Salvador Allende was democratically elected as president of a Marxist government. When a neofascist coup ousted Allende on September 11,1973, Roberto was wounded in combat by the military forces of General Augusto Pinochet, who ruled as dictator for the next 17 years. Roberto sought asylum at the Canadian ambassador's residence and was returned to Canada thus avoiding the fate of thousands murdered and tens of thousands interned and tortured by Pinochet's US-backed junta.

With a US pharmacy diploma (1969), a BA in English and Spanish (1989) and an MA in Spanish literature (1994) from UBC, Roberto now owns Rio Verde Gourmet Products.

"As a Sephardic Jew and a Canadian citizen, I am appalled that my government is using public funds to support movements in Canada and Ukraine that celebrate fascist WWII heroes. Chrystia Freeland's leading role in Canada's support for a coup to oust the elected socialist government of Venezuela is appalling."

Ken Collier    

Ken Collier has been active since the 1950s opposing war, the nuclear industry and weaponry, apartheid and poverty. Now retired, he taught social work at the University of Regina for 23 years before moving to Athabasca University. He earned degrees in political science (Saskatchewan), social work (UBC), and a PhD in development economics (University of Wales Swansea). Ken has written for several magazines and his books include Social Work with Rural Peoples and After the Welfare State. He has served as president of the Society for Socialist Studies, an independent, interdisciplinary academic association.

"My pre-school days in Saskatchewan included living next door to Czechoslovakian refugees from Nazi invaders. By my mid-teens I was used to my parents having guests who were refugees from American McCarthyism as well as others who fled Europe to safety in Canada, they thought. But Nazis made their way here, too, post WWII. I remember seeing men working construction wearing partial Nazi officer uniforms, including high leather boots. Fearful immigrants faced arrogant fascist men who believed they would soon rise again.

"Nothing in theory, policy or organizing degrees blotted out knowledge that the Canadian state funds fascist groups who continue to celebrate their attacks on the rights and conscience of subjected peoples."

Phyllis Creighton   

Phyllis Creighton is a peace and justice activist, a historian, author and retired researcher/translations editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. In 1983, she persuaded the Anglican Church of Canada to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Through the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, she is pushing Canada to join the nuclear ban treaty. Active on the board and executive of Science for Peace for 20 years, she helped persuade it to call for Canada to get out of NATO. She also served on the board and executive of Project Ploughshares (1989-99). Her awards include the Order of Ontario, the Anglican Award of Merit, and Voice of Women's Muriel Duckworth Award.

As part of a citizen-exchange project that created the sister-city agreement between Toronto and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Phyllis visited that city three times. In 1993, she attended a three-day, 50th-anniversary celebration of the victory in Stalingrad. The 1943 battle, in which Soviet forces suffered some 1.1 million casualties (and about 40,000 civilians died), was the war's turning point and led to Nazi Germany's eventual defeat.

During her decade on the coordinating committee of Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, she first learned from a Ukrainian member about fascist-oriented Ukrainian groups. Phyllis now notes:

"Given that Ukraine is a flash-point with potential for nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, it is utterly irresponsible for the Canadian government to support Ukrainian organizations that still glorify fascist WWII leaders."

Stephen Crozier   

Stephen Crozier retired this fall from a 30-year teaching career. For most of the last 15 years, he was at Douglas College in BC where he held several positions with its faculty association. He is the immediate past president of the New Westminster and District Labour Council, the third largest labour council in Canada. He is president of Democracy Direct Society, from which the present mayor and four councillors were elected in the last municipal election in White Rock, BC, where Stephen lives.

An ecosocialist, he is active in a number of groups including Leadnow, Stand Earth, Climate Emergency Unit, Citizens Climate Lobby, Dogwood, Surrey for Future, World Beyond War, Socialist Action, Socialist Unit Assembly and the NDP.  In 2019, he was the NDP candidate in South Surrey – White Rock.

“I endorsed the petition because I’m very concerned about the rise of fascism worldwide.  At their roots, fascist groups are based in weakness and fear, which in turn give rise to hatred and violence. Often this is hidden beneath a veneer of legitimacy and their fascist roots are hidden and denied. Financial support from the Canadian government furthers this legitimacy and provides agency to these groups which promote fear and hatred of NATO's enemies.

“I suppose every generation feels they are at a crossroads … because they are, but ours is one like never before in that the consequences of our actions are truly existential. We need the strength of true caring not the weakness of fear and hatred in both domestic and foreign policy and action."

Verónica Dahl    

Verónica Dahl is an Argentine/Canadian mother, computer scientist, musician, comedian and writer.

She co-founded the logic programming field with 14 other scientists, and has received numerous prestigious awards for her pioneering contributions to artificial intelligence. She is also the recipient of three first prizes on creative non-fiction.

Throughout her career she has worked to further the status of women and other marginalized people, to promote world peace, and to help end the violence needed to maintain the forced hierarchies she views as at the root of our interrelated crises.

She presently develops software to help planners move us city by city into the social and planetary safe area of Doughnut Economics, for a world no longer organized around domination, but around cooperation and solidarity.

"I signed this petition because I believe our government should withdraw its active support through funding of indoctrinations towards accepting / glorifying war, war crimes and hegemonic power. This subject relates to my ambition of evolving our societies of violence-backed domination into societies of equitable cooperation. This I believe is mandatory not just to recover our humanity, but for our survival as a species."

Edwin E. Daniel

Born in 1925, Edwin's life was interrupted by infantry service in France and Germany (1944-45). After stepping on a mine, which blew off his left foot, he returned to biology at Johns Hopkins University (BA, MA) and University of Utah (Ph.D), 1952.

His political activism, opposition to loyalty oaths, and support for the anti-nuclear Stockholm Peace Appeal excluded him from US academia. Moving to Canada he worked at UBC and later started the University of Alberta's Pharmacology Department in 1959. In 1974, he established a research group at McMaster. After "retirement" in 1994, he continued work there until 2001, and then worked at the University of Alberta until 2010.

"Now 96, I have had a full life. Since 1947, when meeting outstanding intellectuals whose insights and communist analysis I admired, I have remained a Marxist and socialist. In 1965, I began calling for justice for Palestinians. After joining Science for Peace in the 1970s, I opposed the blockade of Cuba and America's Middle-East wars.

"After 2001, my wife and I organized Edmonton Friends of Cuba. After 2007, we began protesting Canada's meddling in Venezuela and Bolivia, joined Victoria Friends of Cuba, and started the Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

"I oppose hate groups and the might-is-right doctrine of Nazis and their ilk. I fought them in 1944-45, and spent my life missing the limb they took from me. My personal loss is only a reminder of their wars to create a world where justice has no meaning."

Radhika Desai    

Radhika Desai (professor, Political Studies, University of Manitoba) is director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group and president of the Society for Socialist Studies. She helps lead the International Manifesto Group which unites socialists on six continents. (See: “From Pluripolarity to Socialism: A Manifesto.")

Her books include Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994).

Desai's articles appear in Economic and Political Weekly, New Left Review and Third World Quarterly and she serves on the editorial boards of Canadian Political Science Review, E-Social Sciences, Pacific Affairs, Global Faultlines, Research in Political Economy, World Review of Political Economy, and International Critical Thought.

"Our foreign policy should not be influenced by groups whose heroes collaborated with the Nazis and were welcomed here by Canada's government after the war. People should read and digest Defunding the Myths and Cults of Cold War Canada, which underpins this petition. We need to demand that Canada adopt a new, genuinely progressive foreign policy."

Judith Deutsch

Judith Deutsch is a psychoanalyst in Toronto and is on the faculty of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute where she teaches a course on the superego -- on conscience and morality.

She has a master of social work degree from the University of California Berkeley, is a past president of Science for Peace (2008-2012), and a member of Independent Jewish Voices.

Judith writes articles on social justice, climate change, and the military for Counterpunch, The Bullet (published by The Socialist Project), Canadian Dimension magazine and the Science for Peace Bulletin.

"This petition exposes the divide between what is said and what is done by the Canadian government. Although Canada's leaders have a long history of supporting and colluding with organizations that arose from pro-Nazi roots, they pretend to support peace, justice and human rights.

"At this most dangerous time in human history, Canada's real policies are on the side of militarization, racism, global immiseration, nuclear weapons, and the trajectory to unstoppable climate change."

Martin Duckworth  

Martin Duckworth is a Canadian documentary director and cinematographer. After receiving his BA in history (Yale), and MA in history (University of Toronto), he spent five years as Director of Extension at Mount Allison University.

After being a staff cameraman at the National Film Board (1963-1970), Martin worked another 45 years as an independent cinematographer. He has more than 100 films under his belt, thirty of which he directed or co-directed.

His credits as director include "12,000 Men" (1979) and "Return to Dresden" (Golden Sheaf awards at Yorkton, 1979 and 1986), "A Wives' Tale" (Quebec Critics’ Choice, 1981), "No More Hiroshima" (Genie for Best Short Documentary, 1984), "Our Last Days in Moscow" (best direction FIFA, 1987), "Oliver Jones in Africa" (Mannheim Ducate, 1990), and "Brush with Life" (Hot Docs Best Film, 1994).

After 22 years teaching at Concordia University's School of Cinema, Martin won Quebec's prestigious Albert-Tessier award (2015) for "contribution au développement culturel de la société québecoise."

He is a member of Les Artistes pour la Paix and Collectif Échec à la guerre.

"I am concerned about Canada's military support to Ukraine. Its armed forces tolerate soldiers with far-right views who wear fascist symbols, give Nazi salutes and promote white power beliefs. Canada's training of Ukraine's military should stop."

Yves Engler    

Yves Engler is an activist, author and cofounder of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. The latest of his twelve books is Stand on Guard for Whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Military.

Yves became active when organizing against corporate globalization in the early 2000s. Although elected vice president of the Concordia Student Union, Yves was expelled from the university for protesting Israeli war crimes. When the US invaded Iraq, Yves helped rally students at massive antiwar demonstrations.

Yves co-authored Canada in Haiti: Waging War Against the Poor Majority, helped establish the Canada Haiti Action Network, and spent five days in jail for disrupting a speech by Prime Minister Paul Martin on Canada's role in invading Haiti.

Yves has used peaceful, direct actions to interrupt two dozen speeches by the prime minister, ministers and opposition MPs to question their militarism, anti-Palestinian positions, climate policies, and efforts to topple Venezuela’s government.

On federal funding of groups glorifying fascists, Yves has said: "It is deeply troubling that groups which honour Nazi collaborators, also have influence over Canadian policies on Eastern Europe. By pushing their belligerent, proNATO, anti-Russia postures, these groups are helping to edge Canada toward ever more dangerous and bellicose foreign policies."

Bruce K. Gagnon

Bruce is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

Raised in the military, he was a Young Republican volunteer for Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. In 1971, he enlisted in the military but was politicized by antiwar soldiers. He later trained as an organizer with the United Farm Workers Union, and is active in Maine Veterans for Peace.

Living near General Dynamic's shipyard in Maine, which builds the world's deadliest warships, his protests there include a 37-day hunger strike in 2018. He speaks internationally, has written for many publications, and hosts a monthly podcast called Space Alert.

Since coordinating the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, thirty years ago, Bruce has worked against militarizing space, which corporations brag would be history's "largest industrial project." He also opposes space privatization by companies bent on capitalizing the heavens with nuclear-mining colonies.

"With ancestors among the early settlers of New France, I follow Canadian politics quite closely.

"I'm outraged that Canada's government funds groups which glorify Nazi collaborators.

"Since Ukraine's US-orchestrated coup in 2014, I've watched NATO nations, including Canada, train and equip Nazis from western Ukraine that attack fellow citizens in the Donbass (eastern Ukraine). This indiscriminate killing has gone on almost daily since 2014.

"I've been to Ukraine twice since 2016 and seen for myself the impacts on the people there from the Nazi-declared war on Russian-speaking populations in eastern Ukraine.

"How could any self-respecting 'democratic' nation be so blatantly supportive of Nazis? I hope all Canadians will demand an end to Ottawa's terrible policies."

Irene Gale  

Born six years before WW2, Irene remembers hearing the Prime Minister announcing that Australia was at war. Her family were all actively working to overcome the Nazi forces, and later for world peace and the end to nuclear weapons. Starting adult life at 15 as a clothing machinist, Irene was an active trade unionist. Later she qualified as a high school teacher.

Irene spent half her adult life in NZ and half in Australia, involved in both countries in organisations working for peace, human rights, Maori and Aboriginal rights, women’s rights, education, and justice in all areas. Part of her work in both countries related to fighting Apartheid and stopping government, sporting and trade links with South Africa, working on the executive of the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, and later the Australian Peace Committee.

In 1988 Irene was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for her work against racism, and in 1989 she received the Equal Opportunity Award from the Government of South Australia for her work promoting equality, justice and an end to racism, in particular with regard to Aboriginal Australians.

“Having witnessed fascist and nationalist groups currently indoctrinating young people, it appalls me to hear that the Canadian government is giving support to organizations that still glorify their Nazi collaborating war heroes. The rise of far-right movements threatens world-wide efforts to create a decent life for all people. Governments should put their efforts and money into teaching the true history of their own Cold War support for East European émigré groups that sympathize with Nazi collaborators.”

Peter Gose

Peter Gose is professor emeritus of anthropology at Carleton University and past chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton as well as the Department of Anthropology at the University of Regina.

Peter was raised in the anti-war movement in Vancouver and was active in it in Regina and Ottawa. As a founding member of the Justice for Hassan Diab group, he served as one of Hassan’s bail sureties and was a speaker in many public events over many years that helped Canadians recognize his innocence. Over the last 25 years, he has participated in various ecosocialist initiatives in Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. He was first involved in land defence struggles on Vancouver Island as a teenager and has recently returned to them in retirement.

“Most Canadians would be shocked to learn that our federal government (under both the Liberals and Conservatives) supports openly Nazi parties and militias in the Ukraine. It tolerates their antisemitism and glorification of Nazi atrocities during WWII in eastern Europe because these groups also hate Russia, and therefore promote the new cold war the US and its vassal states are waging against Russia and China. These tensions are serious and threaten our basic security. Our government must stop supporting the very fascists we defeated at such human cost in WWII, withdraw from NATO as an alliance of international aggression, reclaim our national sovereignty and reject American empire.”

Cathy Gulkin  

Cathy Gulkin is one of Canada’s foremost film editors. Since beginning her career in 1978, she has edited more than 50 films. While focusing on documentaries about social justice issues she has also edited drama, comedy and children's programs.

In 2019, she won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Editing in a Documentary for “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story." In 2016 she won Best Editing awards from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Cinema Editors for “Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr.”

She has also been active in the antiwar, anti-racism, pro-choice, environmental and Palestine solidarity movements for most of her adult life.

"There is a frightening increase in fascism around the world and it must be fought wherever and whenever it raises its Hydra head. It is unconscionable that our own government is financially supporting groups that actively glorify wartime fascist leaders who epitomize anti-Semitism. In doing so these groups are trying to erase the history of Ukrainian collaboration with the Nazis in exterminating Jews and others.

"It is beyond ironic that the Canadian government is funding these groups whilst accusing the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement of anti-Semitism and trying to suppress our fight against Israeli Apartheid"

Larry Hannant    

Larry Hannant is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria and a writer who specializes in dissent, state repression and human rights in the twentieth century. His most recent book is All My Politics Are Poetry (Yalla Press, 2019). Forthcoming from Athabasca University Press is his co-edited Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 1960s and 1970s.

"As an historian who closely follows 20th political movements and struggles for human rights, I understand the importance of the historic popular victory over fascism in 1945. It set the stage for a dramatic improvement of rights for working people, ethnic and racial groups and women.

"I also recognize that the suppression of fascism was never accepted by the rich. As it was in the inter-war years, fascism is still cherished by the elite as a means to save their crisis-prone system.

"Celebration by Eastern European groups of 'heroes,' 'patriots,' and anti-communists is a means to revive fascism. No government should be dignifying this backward agenda by funding it, recognizing it or assisting it in any way."

David Heap   

A teacher-researcher (French Studies and Linguistics, also affiliate faculty with Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies) at the University of Western Ontario, David is a father of two and a community-based peace and human rights advocate. He is active within a number of civil society groups at the neighbourhood, municipal, national and international levels.

A trade-unionist who participates in the London and District Labour Council, David helped organize Londoners for Door to Door mail delivery, 2014-2016, People for Peace, London, and Green Left-Gauche verte.

He co-founded the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign in 2010 and sailed against the blockade of Gaza in 2011. As a delegate and steering committee member on the Canadian Boat to Gaza he was imprisoned in Israel for six days before being deported back to Canada. David has supported successive missions of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition in different capacities since then, including most recently as media coordinator.

"It is important to support this petition because we cannot make Canada a force for peace in the world until we recognize and end our government's sordid support for reactionary groups that work against peace and human rights.

Arnd Jurgensen     

Arnd Jurgensen has been active in the environmental and peace movements for over 40 years, he is a musician who regularly performs in venues around Toronto and elsewhere and has written and published numerous articles on topics ranging from international relations to environmental policy. His research has focused on the political economy of the global south, particularly Latin America. He spent a year in Venezuela researching his doctoral dissertation.

He has taught at UBC, Wilfrid Laurier and McMaster universities in faculties ranging from applied sciences and engineering to interdisciplinary studies. He is currently doing research and teaching courses on international politics at the University of Toronto.

"I am particularly concerned with the emergence of a second 'cold war' between 'the West' and Russia and China and the prominent role of Canada’s government in this process. The rehabilitation of far-right groups in Eastern Europe is throwing fuel on this fire and Canada is complicit in it. These rising global tensions are undermining any hope for the global cooperation that will be required to address the twin threats of climate change and the collapse of bio-diversity, not to mention increasing the threat of nuclear war."

Gregory Kealey     

Dr. Kealey is a historian specializing in Canadian social, labour, intelligence and security issues. He was editor Labour/Le Travail (1976-97) and co-editor (2016-17); general editor, Canadian Social History Series (University of Toronto Press) since 1980; co-editor, The Working Canadians series (Athabasca University Press). He has edited 30+ books, written 21 book chapters, and published 30+ articles in refereed journals.

His books include a collection of essays, Spying on Canadians (2017), Secret Service (2012, with Reg Whitaker and Andy Parnaby), Toronto Workers Respond to Industrial Capitalism (1980), and Dreaming of What Might be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1902 (1982, with Bryan Palmer).

Kealey taught history for 20 years at Dalhousie University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland before joining the University of New Brunswick in 2001.

He has served on many boards including as president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Social Sciences Federation of Canada.

"As a historian of working people and of state repression of labour and the left in Canada, the proposal to celebrate fascist and Nazi so-called anti-communists is deeply offensive to all Canadians who struggled against those specific ideologies. Such actions will only promote the menacing rise of neo-Nazi, white supremacist forces in this country. Sadly Trudeau is simply following the repressive anti-left policies of both his Tory and Liberal predecessors for the past century."

Michael Keefer

Michael Keefer is a professor emeritus in the University of Guelph's School of English and Theatre Studies, and a former president of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English.

He has published widely on early modern literature and issues of textual-critical theory, and has held visiting research fellowships at universities in the UK and Germany.

His political writings include books on neo-McCarthyism, essays on electoral fraud and other state crimes against democracy in the US, Canada and elsewhere, and on Canada's violations of international law in Afghanistan and Haiti, and on Indigenous and Palestinian rights.

“Canada has a shameful record since World War II of providing state support to fascistic immigrant organizations, most particularly those allied with openly neo-Nazi parties that have had a key influence in the governments that have ruled
Ukraine since the coup of 2014. This policy orientation has been extended into active support for the lawless overthrow, or attempted overthrow of democratically elected governments (Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Venezuela), and for the aggressions of the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Most Canadians would oppose these policies if they were kept informed. (That is of course an outcome our mainstream media resist tooth and nail.)”

Michael C. Klein   

Michael deserted from the US Army Medical Corps, and with his wife Bonnie, escaped to Canada in 1967 because he refused to be a US military physician during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Klein is emeritus professor of family practice at UBC, adjunct professor of family medicine at McGill, and senior scientist emeritus at the Child and Family Research Institute, Vancouver. Best known for exposing the dangers of routine episiotomy, Michael's research is credited with greatly reducing maternal birth trauma.

For seventeen years, he led McGill's teaching centre, and the Family Medicine department at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital, and the Family Practice department at Vancouver's Children’s and Women’s Hospitals for a decade.  Dr. Klein received the Order of Canada and numerous Canadian, North American and international medical awards. Canada's College of Family Physicians named him one of the Top 20 Pioneers in Family Practice Research (2015).

Besides being an expert in maternity and newborn care, Michael and Bonnie (a filmmaker/writer/activist) raised two of their own: Seth, who leads the David Suzuki Institute's Climate Emergency Unit, and Naomi, a professor and best-selling ecosocialist author.

"I signed this petition because of concern about Canadian communities that glorify the Nazi past of their forebears, as well as the rise of right-wing groups infiltrating the military here and elsewhere, and now the normalization of the Peoples Party with their antiimmigrant and Canada First policies. I believe right-wing ideologies are antithetical to the Canada that embraced us in 1967. If unchecked, far-right ideology can destroy the public space and the fundamental national notion of fairness and equity."

Pierre LeBlanc   

Pierre is a policy analyst, activist and journalist who has worked on many human justice and equality issues both domestically and internationally. Over 45 years, he has analysed, written and intervened on the policies and actions of the Canadian government.

LeBlanc was an Official International Observer in Caracas for Venezuela's presidential election (May 20, 2018), as well of the El Salvador presidential election (2009). He was a founding member and co-chair of Hands Off Venezuela Ottawa-Gatineau and Ottawa-Gatineau Solidarity with Democracy in Brazil.

Working as a UNESCO diplomat in Paris, Palestine and Israel, he developed a Peace Dialogue Initiative with Palestinian and Israeli civil societies.

He has also worked on conflict prevention initiatives in Macedonia and Lebanon, is a leading authority on Canada’s official languages policies and has worked extensively on the development of societal infrastructure in his country.

He notes that "With Chrystia Freeland's ascension to Foreign Affairs Minister in 2016, Canada’s already colonialist foreign policy took a sharp turn for the worse. Her upbringing and early career with right-wing Ukrainian-Canadian groups helps explain how she came to lead the Lima Group and mislead Canadians. Through it, Canada has promoted sedition and sabotage inside Venezuela and marshalled international support for a throttling blockade and sanctions against the Venezuelan people because they dared to elect a socialist party to power."

Tamara Lorincz

Tamara Lorincz is a PhD candidate in global governance at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her MA in international politics and security studies is from the University of Bradford, England (2015).

She received the Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and was a senior researcher for the International Peace Bureau in Switzerland. Tamara is a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She is on the international board of Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space, and was a co-founding member of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network.

Tamara has an LLB/JD and MBA specializing in environmental law from Dalhousie University. She is the former executive director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and co-founder of the East Coast Environmental Law Association. For several years she was on the national board of Ecojustice Canada and the Nova Scotia Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity.

Her research interests are the military’s impacts on the environment and climate change, the intersection of security and peace, gender and international relations, Canadian defence and foreign policy, feminist foreign policy, disarmament, resistance to NATO, and military sexual violence.

"Canadians should oppose the purchase of new carbon-intensive combat aircraft that will inevitably be used in NATO-led wars," says Tamara. "Canadians should also oppose the federal government’s support for pro-NATO elements in Canada and Eastern Europe that still glorify pro-Nazi heroes, movements and armies that fought against Canada's WWII allies."

Lisa Makarchuk

Lisa Makarchuk has been active in progressive movements since the 1950s beginning with the campaigns to stop the Rosenberg's execution and to oppose nuclear weapons.  She moved to Cuba in 1961 and worked extensively in radio. In 1968, Lisa helped organize an international event in Montreal called the Hemispheric Conference to End the Viet Nam War.

Lisa also worked on two conferences in Toronto: "Amnistia" which dealt with freeing political prisoners in fascist Portugal and "Solidaridad" to demand freedom for Franco's political prisoners.

By the 1990s, when focused on Cuba, she co-ordinated activities of the Canadian Cuban Friendship (Solidarity) Association, and helped organize the Free the Cuban Five Cultural Committee, and the International Festival of Poetry of Resistance in solidarity with the Cuban Five.

She helps with The Envoy, a newsletter of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance and her poetry has been published in various anthologies.

“The Canadian government's support of ultranationalist Ukrainian organizations that
venerate veterans of fascist armies as 'freedom fighters' is repellent to our values.  These military formations allied themselves with the very people our Canadian men and women fought in WWII. With my Ukrainian background and having lost many relatives in the fight against Nazism, I view this action by the Canadian government with indignation and strongly object to any support being given to sympathizers of this ideology."

John McMurtry     

John McMurtry is professor of philosophy and professor emeritus at the University of Guelph.  In 2006 that university's president described John as an "internationally recognized scholar ... who has made outstanding contributions in the discipline of philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a President’s Distinguished Professor, McMurtry is known for being engaged both in the classroom and the community. He studies the philosophies of politics, economics, education, literature, history and the environment, and his work has been published in more than 150 books and journals. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life."

Dr. McMurtry's principal work is his three-volume study for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called Philosophy and World Problems which is included in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems

His books include: Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998), Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy (2002) and the expanded second edition of The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure (2013).

"The Canadian government," says John, "should stop giving support to East European émigré organizations whose ethnonationalist founders and heroes include Nazi SS veterans, Holocaust perpetrators, CIA assets, and fascist extremism and anti-communism over 85 years."

Amy Miller

Amy is an award-winning director, producer and writer based in Montréal.

Through documentary films, she expresses her dedication to transformative social change and grassroots campaigns for justice. In 2009 she founded Wide Open Exposure Productions. Its critical, independent, documentaries raise awareness about urgent social, economic and environmental issues around the globe.

Her feature films include Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role in Industries of War and Peace (2009), The Carbon Rush: The Truth Behind the Carbon Market Smokescreen (2012), No Land. No Food. No Life. (2013), Tomorrow’s Power (2017), Gaza: Health Under Siege (2018), and Lawyers (f)or Justice? (2020). Screened in over 150 festivals internationally, these films have been broadcast in over two dozen countries.

Before becoming a filmmaker, Amy was a union organizer. At that time she took part in a 2002 squat by anti-poverty activists and anti-G8 protestors in an abandoned downtown house in Ottawa. Their direct action against government failures to deal with homelessness ended when police forced them out with teargas.

In 2008-2009 she lived in Serbia, reported from Belgrade for Free Speech Radio News and produced a short documentary called Outside of EUrope about Ukrainian detention centres for migrants and refugees.

"I am deeply concerned about our government's financial support for ethnonationalist Ukrainian associations in Canada that glorify their fascist war heroes. Also disturbing is Canada's willingness to train neoNazi soldiers in Ukraine where rabid antiRussian hatred is increasing the likelihood of a NATO war."

Bianca Mugyenyi    

Bianca is an activist, journalist and director of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, which informs people about the country’s diplomatic, aid, intelligence and military policies. With Yves Engler, she coauthored the book Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (2011).

She co-founded and was a co-executive director of The Leap, an organization that focused on the overlapping crises of climate change and inequalities such as systemic racism and gender discrimination.

Prior to that, Bianca was the chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students (Quebec). She also worked as coordinator of the Centre for Gender Advocacy, an independent, student-funded organization at Concordia University. In that capacity, Bianca led programming and campaigns to promote gender equality and empowerment, especially within marginalized communities.

"Canada’s is stoking the Cold War," says Mugyenyi. “This petition lifts the veil on the myth of Canada's benevolence on the world stage. We need to expose our government's support for right wing nationalism in Eastern Europe and to oppose Canada's part in current NATO deployments in Ukraine and Latvia."

Kim Petersen     

Kim Petersen has spent much of his life in different countries.  His longest stint abroad was in China for 7 years where he was a high school science teacher. He has also lived in Japan (3 years), Korea (2 years), Jordan (2 years), Thailand (2 years), Hungary (1 year) and in the Philippines, Palau, Maldives and Egypt. Living in such varying cultures has solidified his view that we are all one humanity.

Kim's life experiences have influenced his writing.  His articles have appeared online and in many publications including The Greanville Post, Znet, Counterpunch, Global Research, Red Pepper, Briarpatch, Canadian Dimension, Arab News and in Dissident Voice, which he co-edited for a decade.

His essays in books include "Bleaching the Atrocities of Genocide," in The Plight of the Palestinians, edited by W.A.Cook (2010) and “Western Imperialism and China” in Alternative Atlas (2006), which critiques imperialism around the world.

He continues to write on peace, social justice, Indigenous rights, and the emergence of China (a country notable for having eliminated extreme poverty).

"Being anti-war and in solidarity with a shared humanity, it is anathema to in any way support Nazi ideology, which is racist and violent. In funding groups that glorify Nazi collaborators, Canada further destroys its fictive image as a peaceable kingdom."

John Philpot

John Philpot is an experienced international defence attorney before international criminal courts (ICC, ICTR) and in Canadian Courts. He has been active in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Canada.

John frequently speaks at international conferences and webinars, and is co-editor of Justice Belied, The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice (Baraka Books, 2014).

His areas of interest include the extraterritoriality of national legislation and unilateral coercive measures (sanctions and blockades).

John is an advisor on international legal issues to governments and non-governmental organisations, and was a judge at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal.

He is a member of the Free Alex Saab Committee, the Cross-Canada Campaign to Free Meng Wanzhou, Sanctions Kill, the African Bar Association, Just Peace Advocates, la Coalition BDS Québec, and is president of the Rwandan Political Prisoners Support Network.

"I grew up in the Cold War and remember how we were influenced by Soviet interventions in Hungary and later in Czechoslovakia. At that time, many did not understand because of the brainwashing of our generation. Only later did many learn the truth about the Soviet victory over Nazism and how it inspired decolonization movements worldwide which we have so much admired.

"Knowing of Chrystia Freeland's pride in her Ukrainian grandfather and their ultranationalist community which venerates Nazi-collaborators, puts into perspective Canada’s strident role in the Ukraine, in the Lima Group's efforts to overthrow Venezuela's elected socialist government and in supporting sanctions against North Korea and Russia."

Robin Philpot

Robin Philpot is a writer, translator, journalist and publisher.

His books include Oka: dernier alibi du Canada anglais (1991), Ça ne s’est pas passé comme ça à Kigali (2003), Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard (2004), Le référendum volé (2005), Les secrets d'Option Canada (2006, with Normand Lester), A People's History of Quebec (2009, with Jacques Lacoursière), Derrière l’État Desmarais, POWER (2013), and Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa, From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction (2013).

He taught in Burkina Faso and travelled throughout West and Equatorial Africa, before moving to Quebec in 1974.

In 2009, he co-founded Baraka Books and is its president and publisher. This Montreal-based, English-language press publishes political non-fiction, history, historical fiction and fiction.

In 2015, Robin was named patriot of the year by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste. He holds a BA in literature and history from the University of Toronto.

"For much too long, Canada has used the veil of multiculturalism to cover up its support for right-wing émigré organizations with deep roots in pro-Nazi movements. As Russian-American investigative journalist Yasha Levine says, it’s called weaponizing immigrants. And unfortunately it is also used with other émigré communities.

"Canada's strategy is not limited to supporting those who currently glorify Nazi collaborators, they also have friendly relations with neoNazi forces in Ukraine. Moreover, the go-to spokespeople for Canada's corporate media have often been informed by such emigre organizations, and they are invariably proNATO war-mongers. I am very glad to sign this petition."

Darrell Rankin

Darrell Rankin grew up in a union family opposed to the war in Vietnam and the US corporate takeover of Canada. He skipped school with 5,000 other Edmonton students in 1971 to protest the US Amchitka Island atomic bomb test.  It was his first rally at age 14. Since then, he has helped organize numerous disarmament and anti-war campaigns and protests, writing on these issues with a Marxist view.

He was part of the Canadian Peace Congress’ 100,000-name petition campaign against deploying Cruise and Pershing 2 missiles in Europe, an effort that anticipated creating the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) in 1985. He is a former CPA chair (1998-99) and treasurer (1999-2004), and was president of the Canadian Peace Congress (approx. 2005-2009).

He worked for unions including the Canadian Labour Congress before working for the Communist Party (1992-2013, except 1994). After thirteen years in Ottawa and Toronto, he now lives in Winnipeg.

"My family came from Ukraine when it was part of the Russian Empire. I have many anti-imperialist and socialist relatives. They fought fascism and helped build Canada’s union and anti-war movements.

"In contrast, rather than face justice for their crimes, counter-revolutionary and fascist-minded Ukrainian émigrés falsely claimed to be innocent refugees after the 1917 revolution and their 1945 defeat."

"Canada admits too many losers of this sort from places like Ukraine, Vietnam, Germany, Hungary and the Baltics."

Karen Rodman    

Karen Rodman is the founder and executive director of Just Peace Advocates, a Canadian-based international human rights organization focused on Palestinian and Kashmiri struggles for self determination. She is also the founder/CEO of Palestine Just Trade. Ordained a United Church minister in 2015, she has served as a volunteer, human-rights observer in Palestine through the World Council of Churches.

Karen is now retired from senior management leadership with the Ontario Public Service after a more than three-decade career.  She holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture, and Master's degrees in Divinity and Rural Extension Education.

"My hope is for self-determination for Palestine and Kashmir to be realized, for civil society to hold their own governments accountable for their obligations under international law, and that we may wake up to embrace decolonization and anti-imperialism.

"This petition reveals not only another example of Canada's shameful history, but its ongoing support for far-right groups, movements and foreign policies that are promoting a dangerous, new Cold War."

Richard Sanders   

Since graduating in 1984 with an MA in anthropology (Western) and BA (Trent), Richard has worked to debunk national myths portraying this country is a "peaceable kingdom" promoting human rights, democracy and "Canadian values."

To expose Canadian complicity in war, he helped organize nonviolent civil disobedience actions in the 1980s, produced hundreds of community radio shows, and founded the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT).

COAT's work in 1989 sparked Ottawa's 20-year resolution banning all arms bazaars from city property. For two decades, he coordinated COAT rallies, marches, conferences and campaigns against weapons exhibitions, the glorification of warplanes at family "air shows," Canadian complicity in US/NATO-led wars, and pension fund investments in weapons manufacturing. His research led to two NDP-sponsored Opposition Day debates in parliament (on Canada's role in the global arms trade and the Canada Pension Plan's war profiteering).

When he began COAT's Press for Conversion! in 1990, it dealt with converting war industries. Since 1999, this publication has focused on antiwar themes ignored by the corporate media and often overlooked by mainstream progressives. His latest issue (#70) provides the background research for his creation of this petition.

"My parents were both antifascist military veterans of WWII. During the Cold War they organized civil-rights solidarity campaigns, protested apartheid, atom bomb testing, and Canada's role in exporting weapons and abetting US wars from Vietnam to Iraq. They would have appreciated this petition to expose and defund Canadian charities that glorify fascist, Nazi-collaborating war heroes."

Lavina Shaw

Although almost 93, legally blind, and slowed down considerably, I still try to keep up with social justice issues.

Although not Jewish, I am an associate member of Independent Jewish Voices, would dearly love to see justice for Palestinians, and represented my church on Israeli-Palestinian and other global issues. I was a member of Stop War, Amnesty, and the chair of a Ploughshares chapter. I was also active in the Ontario Provincial Service Employees Union and want unions to gain their strengths.

I worked on Social Justice Film Festivals for my United Church. We showed films, had speakers and held panel discussions. I also organized a Thanksgiving Service at a packed theatre.  After drumming from representatives of the Iroquois nation, there were talks, prayers and songs from Jews, Hindus, Moslems, Catholics and Protestants.

I was the first woman and first Canadian to be International President of the Morse Telegraph Club, having started my career as a morse telegrapher for Canadian National Telegraph and Canadian Pacific Telegraph at age 17 in 1945.

Chrystia Freeland's support for Ukrainian groups that celebrate Nazi-collaborators, is cause to remove her from influencing Canadian policies that might further raise dangerous tensions between NATO and Russia. She is also very much against Maduro's socialist government in Venezuela and was instrumental in organizing the Lima Group which embraced the non-elected, fake "president" Juan Guaidó.

Sid Shniad    

Sid Shniad worked as the research director at the Vancouver-based Telecommunications Workers Union from 1980 to 2009.

He been has been active in the labour, antiwar and social solidarity movements over the past 40 years, including the BC Organization to Fight Racism, the Vancouver-based antiwar coalition, and the Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet). He is a founding member of the Palestine solidarity organization Independent Jewish Voices Canada and is currently on the executive of the West Coast Coalition Against Racism.

On the subject of this petition, Sid notes that "Reactionary forces in this country are trying to re-write history by expunging the role played by Nazi collaborating anti-communists in Eastern Europe. We cannot allow this to happen."

"My life's desire is to see justice for Palestine as well as the rebirth of a militant, powerful, solidaristic labour movement focused on confronting the horrors of neoliberalism."

Jan Slakov   

Jan Slakov is a long time peace and environmental activist, part-time teacher, nature lover and gardener. She edited the Conscience Canada newsletter for over a decade and currently serves on its board. She is also involved in restorative justice work.

Jan’s father is Jewish, so she grew up knowing about the Holocaust. She wondered how some people could go along with such horrors, and eventually came to see that we all go along with things we know to be wrong, to greater or lesser degrees. Honesty, transparency and courage are needed to resist complicity with evil.

“Through my work and training, I see, over and over, how important it is for groups and individuals to accept responsibility for harms they have caused, if we are to repair harm and prevent further harm. I’m very grateful for the work behind this petition which documents Canadian government support for émigré groups with fascist roots. The price of democracy is not just eternal vigilance; it also requires honest responsibility for our failures and work to develop the tools of nonviolence, so we won’t fall prey to the resourcelessness that prompts us to engage in the very things we claim to oppose.”

Youri Smouter   

Youri hosts a program called 1+1.  His youtube channel "Yuri Muckraker" is a space for "inconvenient truth telling and myth busting" by activists and researchers ignored by the corporate media. Among his 50 guests have been many Canadians including Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, El Jones, Barry Weisleder, Tamara Lorincz, Darah Teitel, Arnold August, Jay Watts, Lia Tarachansky and Richard Sanders. Youri has also interviewed Alfred De Zayas, Margaret Kimberley, Whitney Webb, Mnar Adley, Cindy Sheehan, Rick Sterling, Solomon Commisong and Rania Khalek.

Based in Belgium, with a Dutch father and mother from Congo/Zaire, Youri lived in California before moving to Europe in the early 2000s.

"Eastern Europe is gripped by endless austerity, far-right forces consolidating power, rival oligarchs and NATO. Even those on the Left have been spoon fed false narratives about seemingly benign East European civil-society groups who in fact advance reactionary politics. Many leftists even have a blind spot for NATO's war racket.

"The research behind this petition reveals that Canada welcomed runaway Nazi war criminals/collaborators and funds expat groups which continue to lionize ghoulish WWII figures. This ongoing history is left untaught in schools and the media.

"To end ongoing Cold War deceptions, decolonize our minds, advance peace and prevent the carnage of future NATO wars, I encourage people to sign and share this petition and to read the background material on which it is based."

Scott Taylor    

Scott Taylor is a former commando/infantryman who has published Esprit de Corps military magazine since he founded it in 1988. He has been a war correspondent in such hot spots as Kuwait, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Western Sahara, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Libya.

In 2004, while reporting on the US occupation, he was abducted by Ansar al-Islam in Talafar, Iraq. Taylor and his Turkish colleague were tortured before being released five days later. That ordeal was recreated in National Geographic's popular series "Locked Up Abroad."

Taylor is the award-winning author of eight books (translated into six languages). In 1996, he won the prestigious Quill Award and in 2008 was named Press TV’s "Unembedded Journalist of the Year." He has hosted four award-winning documentaries. In 2011 Taylor won a Telly Award for CPAC's documentary, "Afghanistan: Outside the Wire." Since 2001, Taylor has been a syndicated columnist for the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

For relentlessly uncovering top-level corruption in the Canadian military, Taylor was dubbed the "Voice of the Grunts" (Globe and Mail), a "Bone in the Brass' throats" (Toronto Star), the "Scourge of the Generals" (Reader's Digest), and a "One-Man Army" (Toronto Sun).

"It is disturbing that certain individuals are keen to glorify Nazis and revise history through Holocaust denial," says Scott.

"What is truly a moral crime is that federal funding is being issued to these communities who are keen to honour their fascist forefathers."

Bob Thomson

Bob is an Ottawa-based researcher and consultant for Canadian and international NGOs and government. He has extensive experience in nonprofit governance, housing co-operatives, civil-society electronic communications, and evaluating NGO programs and projects. He has lived and worked in Peru, the Caribbean, France and Canada.

His 1973 role as whistleblower was a catalyst for radical changes in Canadian foreign policy after Chile's military coup. As a junior foreign-aid bureaucrat with the Canadian International Development Agency, Bob leaked confidential reports from Canada's ambassador calling killed and tortured activists “the riff-raff of the Latin American left.” For this, Bob lost his job, but in 2013 received the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression's Integrity Award.

Bob was Caribbean representative of Canadian University Service Overseas (1976-79). After receiving his Civil Engineering degree, Bob earned an MA in International Affairs on "The Potential and Limits of Agricultural Self-Reliance in Grenada" (Carleton, 1983).

As founder and director of Fairtrade Canada (1994-2000) he promoted a fair-trade label for Third World products.

In 2014, he helped organize the Ottawa Peoples Social Forum. Currently "retired," he writes a blog on what a post-growth world might look like.

"I signed this petition because as the federal government supports some East European Canadian groups which minimalize their forebears' links to the Holocaust, it also confuses anti-zionism with anti-semitism, and conflates all of Islam with terrorism. This breeds intolerance and hatred that obstructs community and government efforts to work together to save our planet."

Stanko Vuleta    

With a five-year degree in electrical engineering, Stanko has worked in the telecom and intellectual-property fields since leaving Yugoslavia about 30 years ago.

As long-time president of Ottawa's Serbian Heritage Society, Stanko has opposed NATO's role in the ethnonationalist dissolution of Yugoslavia, and Canada's illegal 1999 bombardment of his birth country.

"Three of my grandparents were murdered by the Ustasha's Nazi collaborators in Croatia's WWII regime.

My mother's parents died in Croatia at Jasenovac, one of Europe's largest extermination camps. Ustashi also killed my paternal grandfather, throwing him into a mass grave in Cipuljic, the Bosnian village where I grew up. At thirteen, my father joined the resistance.

My grandparents' only crime was being Serb.

Croatia's fascist dictatorship invented the term "ethnic cleansing" and massacred hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma.

In 1991, reincarnated Ustasha nationalists declared Croatia's independence from Yugoslavia. Studying in Croatia, I saw graffiti forbidding "dogs and Serbs,” and heard people singing Ustashi songs. Tens of thousands of Serbs were killed and hundreds of thousands expelled. I fled Cipuljic where Serb homes were torched.

To glorify wartime Ustasha leaders, a Croatian-Canadian group donated to Ottawa's anticommunism monument. Other East European groups use this monument to honour their own fascist heroes. Canada provides 80% of its costs. In 2021, Finance Minister Freeland authorized an extra $4 million. As a teen, her writing career began with a government-funded Ukrainian encyclopedia in Edmonton that her Nazi-propagandist grandfather also worked on. Founded by his WWII boss, it praises fascist Ukrainian nationalists.

Canada must stop supporting Nazi-glorifying groups and their monuments."

Abraham Weizfeld

Politically active since 1966, Dr. Abraham Weizfeld founded the new Socialist Bund Movement, and co-founded the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians. His books include: The End of Zionism: and the liberation of the Jewish People (1989), Sabra & Shatila (1984), The Federation of Palestinian and Hebrew Nations (2018) and Nation, Society and the State: The reconciliation of Palestinian and Jewish Nationhood (2012). The latter, his doctoral thesis in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal, faced major opposition but won in Québec’s Superior Court.

In 1983, Abie founded the Parliament Hill Peace Camp to oppose Canada's testing of US cruise missiles. While living there for eight months he did political research in the Arab League's Palestine Information Office.

After speaking at a 1976 conference on Palestine in Libya, Weizfeld participated in several other international conferences including another gathering in Tripoli (1986) to protest the US bombing and attempted assassination of Moummar Khadafi.

Now living part time in Nablus, Weizfeld volunteers with the Tanweer Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment Forum.

"My parents escaped the Holocaust by way of Russia during the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. I learned the value of political discourse from my Jewish Bundist mother who escaped the Warsaw ghetto and from an uncle who resisted as a partisan in the Russian forests.

"While the Left today is growing, it still struggles to defeat fascism which mobilizes state-sponsored ethnonationalist fronts, economic forces, and the media to counter revolutionary ideas and movements."

Elizabeth (Bessa) Whitmore   

Bessa is a professor emerita at Carleton University's School of Social Work and has been active in many groups from Ottawa's Raging Grannies to the Women's Health Project which supports women raped during war.

She earned her Masters in Social Work from Boston University and worked in the inner city during the 1960s and early 1970s. She taught at Dalhousie University for 18 years before joining Carleton's faculty in 1991.

Received her doctorate from Cornell University in the early 1980s, she developed her focus on participatory action research and evaluation.

Her interest in social justice, globalisation and social work stems from many years of teaching, community work and research in Guyana, Nicaragua, Chile, Ethiopia and Botswana.

Her publications include Understanding and Practicing Participatory Evaluation (1989) and co-authored books: Seeds of fire: Social Development in an Era of Globalism (2000) and Globalisation, Social Work and Social Justice (2005). She also co-edited Activism that Works (2011).

She has served as president, North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work (2000-04), awards committee chair, International Association of Schools of Social Work (2000-02), and on the program committee, Joint International Conference of the International Association of Schools of Social Work and the International Federation of Social Workers (1998-2000).

"The danger of these groups with profascist roots influencing foreign and military policies of 'democratic' governments like ours is all too real. It’s imperative that we speak out and mobilize to stop it. Silence is not an option."


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