Ottawa – Members of Parliament were aghast to learn that Canadian taxpayers are funding Russian Red Army veteransâ€™ pensions. Legislation introduced by the Harper Conservatives on June 1, 2009 â€” ostensibly to provide benefits for Canadian-Polish war veterans who fought so valiantly with the Allies during World War II â€” will also provide payments to one of the most hated and notorious armies in history.
By the time â€œUncle Joeâ€ was done, the instruments of his oppression, the Red Army and the NKVD, had the blood of 45 million innocents on their hands. Today, Canadian veterans of the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) who fought both Nazi and Soviet evil in Europeâ€™s bloodiest battles do not receive veteransâ€™ benefits, yet this legislation introduced by the misguided Harper Conservatives is providing veteransâ€™ pay to Red Army veterans â€” the very people they fought against.
Most disturbingly, it appears that this was not an inadvertent oversight by the Conservative government. Red Army veterans were invited to take part in the Royal Assent of this Bill and were feted by Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. In fact, even Prime Minister Harper has gone out of his way to meet with Red Army veterans.