May 15, 2015

English Edition, No. 10


Patriots' Day 2015

Events Across Quebec to Celebrate the
Memory of the Patriots of 1837-1838



Patriots' Day 2015

Events Across Quebec to Celebrate the
Memory of the Patriots of 1837-1838


70th Anniversary of the Victory Over Fascism
Hail the Fighting Peoples Who Crushed Fascism
Celebration Rally in the Streets of Montreal


Patriot's Day 2015

Events Across Quebec to Celebrate the
Memory of the Patriots of 1837-1838

On the occasion of Patriots' Day, May 18, 2015, events will be held across Quebec to celebrate the memory of the Patriots who fought and faced the guns, exile and the gallows of the British colonial power in 1837-1838. Beginning Saturday, May 16 and throughout the long weekend of May 16-18, conferences, flag hoisting, guided tours of historic sites, festivities and rallies have been scheduled at several locations. Click here to see the calendar of events.

The Rebellion of 1837-1838 was that of the struggle of the nascent Quebec nation to assert its right to be and to determine its own destiny. Beginning in the spring of 1837, as a result of the refusal of the British Crown to meet the demands of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, as formulated in the 92 Resolutions of 1834, large popular assemblies spontaneously broke out in every corner of Quebec. The people were demanding their democratic rights. The rebellion was brutally crushed by fire and sword by the British colonial power. These events marked the suppression of the modern nation-state of Quebec whose existence continues to be denied to date through the negation of its right to self-determination as an independent legal entity, free to form a union with the rest of Canada if it so desires.

Today, the struggle of the people of Quebec as well as the people of the rest of Canada for their affirmation is more important than ever. It is the fight for a new direction for Quebec and for Canada, the renewal of the nation-state to vest sovereignty in the people, not the Queen of England and a ruling political class that represents the interests of the most powerful monopolies. The people need political power in order to provide themselves with a pro-social program -- a nation-building project that meets the demands of the times, asserts its sovereign power and defends the rights of all. On May 16-18 let's celebrate our history and build the future.

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70th Anniversary of the Victory Over Fascism

Hail the Fighting Peoples Who Crushed Fascism

May 9, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the total capitulation of Nazi Germany. On this occasion, it is with great emotion that Chantier politique honours the memory of the fighting peoples of the world who crushed fascism, in particular the peoples of the Soviet Union who bore the heaviest burden in the fight to eradicate the Nazi plague. We hail all those from the occupied countries who sacrificed their lives in resisting the fascist occupier.

They fought so that humanity would never again know fascism and war.





Capture of Nazi flag by the Régiment de la Chaudière, de Québec
(National Archives of Canada)

As part of Canada's war effort more than 130,000 Quebecers volunteered to fight to defeat fascism. They distinguished themselves in many battles and campaigns, particularly the Normandy landings, the Italian Campaign and the liberation of Holland.

Today, the sacrifices that the peoples made to crush fascism inspire us to step up the struggle against wars of aggression and occupation and the use of force in the settling of conflicts between nations.

Our main contribution here for the victory of that cause is to intensify our work to end Canada's involvement in U.S. led wars and aggression in Iraq, Syria and the Ukraine, and to defeat the Harper government in 2015 and establish an anti-war government that serves as a factor for peace in the world.

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Celebration Rally in the Streets of Montreal


On the morning of May 9, close to four hundred people converged in west end Montreal with flags and orange and black ribbons to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Families, most of them of Russian background, brought their national flag along with those representing other nationalities (Bielorussians, Armenians, Georgians, Kazaks) of the former Soviet Union who fought the Nazi forces; they all converged at the Veterans Park in Côte-St-Luc to pay tribute to those who gave their lives to liberate Europe during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

A delegation of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), amongst them members and supporters from the Greek community, unfurled for the occasion a banner which read: "70e anniversaire de la victoire antifasciste contre les nazis -- Honneur aux peuples combattants qui ont écrasé le fascisme, particulièrement les peuples de l'Union soviétique! Plus jamais le fascisme!"(1). Many people came forward to take a picture of the banner wanting to stand alongside of it. A veteran soldier who fought during the Second World War on the side of the Soviet Union was present at the ceremony in full military apparel. He was warmly greeted by young and old who came forward to express their deep appreciation and affection for the great sacrifices made by the Soviet peoples at that time.

After the ceremony ended, a caravan made up of hundreds of vehicles made its way through the streets of Montreal, flags waving, cars honking and people on the street raising their fist to show their support for the action. Tbe motorcade ended two hours later in Angrignon Park where people gathered to celebrate the event by way of a family picnic. As participants listened to speeches and songs, a plane flew overhead with a huge orange and black banner with the words: "70th Anniversary of Victory" to the applause and cheers of everyone.


Note

(1): "70th Anniversary of the Anti-fascist Victory Against the Nazis - Honour to the Fighting Peoples who Crushed Facism, Especially the Peoples of the Soviet Union! Fascism Never Again!"


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