As the world celebrates V-E Day, on the 70th anniversary of the great victory over the Nazis.
And Stephen Harper uses the occasion to celebrate himself.
A disturbing question must be asked.
Are him and his foul Con regime sheltering a Nazi war criminal?
Russian authorities are asking Canada to extradite an alleged war criminal of Ukrainian ancestry who’s lived here for more than 60 years, a request that appears designed to embarrass Ottawa while relations with Moscow remain frosty over President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a law enforcement body that reports only to Mr. Putin, on Friday called on Canada to deliver Vladimir Katriuk, a Quebec beekeeper now in his 90s, to Moscow so he can be tried for alleged war crimes.
For whatever spin the Globe may choose to use to report this story, it was a monstrous massacre.
Khatyn or Chatyń was a village of 26 houses and 156 inhabitants in Belarus, in Lahoysk Raion, Minsk Region, 50 km away from Minsk. On March 22, 1943, the entire population of the village was massacred by the 118th Schutzmannschaft Nazi battalion. The battalion was formed in July 1942 in Kiev and was made up mostly of Ukrainian nationalist collaborators from Western Ukraine.
A horrifying crime against humanity.
Troops from the Dirlewanger Brigade, a unit mostly composed of criminals recruited for anti-partisan duties, entered the village and drove the inhabitants from their houses and into a shed, which was then covered with straw and set on fire. The trapped people managed to break down the front doors, but in trying to escape, were killed by machine gun fire. 147 people, including 75 children under 16 years of age, were killed — burned, shot or suffocated in fire. The village was then looted and burned to the ground.
And even though Jewish groups and even some of their own MPs have called for action.
Russia’s request shines a spotlight on a case that has upset Jewish Canadians and war-criminal hunters for years. In 2015, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Annual Nazi War Criminals Report ranked Mr. Katriuk second on the list. Back in 2012, Conservative MP Mark Adler suggested via Twitter that Mr. Katriuk needed to leave. “Vladimir Katriuk hid his past as a Nazi collaborator. We must never forget. Collaborators’ lives shouldn’t end on a soft Canadian pillow.”
The Cons are just playing cheap politics.
On Friday, the Harper government refused to address the request and instead immediately shifted the topic back to to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. “While I cannot comment on any specific extradition request, to be clear, we will never accept or recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea or the illegal occupation of any sovereign Ukrainian territory,” said Clarissa Lamb, press secretary for Justice Minister Peter MacKay.
For they will do ANYTHING to pander to the ethnic vote. And this couldn't be more outrageous.
Did you see this ad this week in a Ukrainian-Cdn newspaper? (Toque tip to @LP_LaPresse ) pic.twitter.com/UCb4Jf3Uah— David Akin (@davidakin) May 9, 2015
Are those grubby Cons seriously suggesting they are GODLY? Is that Jesus Harper and his twelve disciples?
OMG. How low can they go? Boss Harper really will do ANYTHING to win the next election.
And all I can say is aren't you getting tired of the way the Cons are using ethnic politics as a blunt weapon against the rest of us?
Will there not be justice for the murdered men, women and children of Khatyn?
When can we take our country back?
Send the Cons back to
And fire this morally depraved leader...
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