Tolerating communists: We wouldn’t stand for people praising Nazis, but it’s OK for Alexandre Boulerice to laud communism?
NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)
This weekend the NDP will meet in Montreal to consider moving away from their claim to be a socialist party.
Meanwhile, they continue to give a giant bear hug to one of their MPs who sees communists as heroes.
Alexandre Boulerice, a New Democrat MP from Montreal, called the Battle of Vimy Ridge repugnant in an online article a few years ago.
He also described the shining Canadian achievement of the First World War as one where “thousands of poor buggers were massacred to capture a ridge.”
These comments were first made in 2007 and Boulerice stood by them in 2011.
Asked to retract them earlier this week, the MP declined. On Thursday he posted on Facebook that he had the "utmost respect" for our veterans. But his comments on Canada's part in the war are not the worst part, it is how he sees the war and his praise of communism that should bother people more.
To Boulerice this was not a war to liberate a free people from an invading oppressor but rather, “A war of the bourgeois who always wanted more money. A purely capitalist war on the backs of workers and farmers.”
Those words can only really come from someone who believes in the communist cause. Because really, who speaks like that?
Not regular people, not even in Montreal, where I worked and covered many hard-left protest movements.
That is Marxist language.
That Boulerice is clearly a communist, or at least a sympathizer, doesn’t appear to be a big a deal to most of our media.
Ask yourself this though, what would happen if a Conservative MP had blogged about Nazi sympathies in 2007 and then reaffirmed those sympathies in 2011?
Would he still be in caucus? Would Stephen Harper still want him as part of the Conservative Party? Would the media be silent?
But on Boulerice, they are silent.
How can I say Boulerice is a communist or at least a sympathizer?
Because in his eyes, in the First World War the heroes were not the brave Canadian soldiers who fought and took Vimy Ridge or fought and died for king and country, but the communists.
“The only ones who refused this butchery, who rejected the call of this ‘sacred union’ within each nation, were the communist activists.”
We unfortunately still have too many people in this world who view communism as a nice idea not properly implemented yet.
Communism is an evil ideology responsible for more deaths than any other political or religious movement in history.
Mao was responsible for 65 million deaths or more in China, Stalin more than
Pol Pot was responsible for killing a quarter to a third of people in Cambodia.
And this is only part of it.
Communism takes away the freedom of the individual and subjects it to the collective.
It is in communism that man is truly no more than a cog in the machine and subject to the whims of those at the top.
Praising communists in your late-30s after completing two degrees — one at the University of Montreal and another at McGill in political science — does not allow you to say you didn’t hear about Stalin’s purges or his starvation of millions of Ukrainians. You don’t get to claim you didn’t know about Mao’s tens of millions dead or Cuba’s brutal repression at the hands of Castro and his executioner, Che Guevera.
No political party would tolerate members praising Nazis. It should be the same for those who praise communists.