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Freeland pilloried for unproven wartime misconduct of her grandfather

By Lubomyr Luciuk      

Years ago, another journalist who worked at Krakivski Visti told me his colleagues had no affinity for Nazi aims, but did use their positions with the newspaper to sustain the clandestine work of the Ukrainian resistance.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured in a Hill scrum. Lubomyr Luciuk writes that what is shocking about this recent effort, however, is how the Russians have deployed a ‘blood libel’ argument to undermine Ms. Freeland. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

KINGSTON, ONT.—I’ve heard it all before. It was fake news then and it’s still fake now. Allegations about supposed “Nazis in Canada”—the most recent regurgitation targeting our Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland—have been around for decades. Understandably, just after the war’s end, Jewish Canadians were alarmed at the prospect of “Ukrainian Nazis” escaping justice by posing as Displaced Persons. In response, the Liberal government initiated high-level inquiries ensuring no such villains resettled in our midst. Nevertheless, claims about “thousands of Nazi war criminals hiding in Canada” resurfaced in the early 1980s, resulting in a Progressive Conservative government establishing the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals headed by the (late) justice Jules Deschênes. Tellingly, its public report, released in the spring of 1987, rebuked those who had spread “increasingly large and grossly exaggerated” figures about “Nazi war criminals,” a campaign engineered to provoke public disquiet. Back then, an anonymous denunciation could get your name added to a suspects list—in one case a couple were investigated for having a German surname and two black dogs on their secluded property, “evidence” enough for self-styled “Nazi hunters” to pounce.

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Feds violating AG directive in fight over First Nations’ child welfare ruling, say Indigenous law experts

Case should have been settled by now, says ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Vote on special China committee a good indication of what’s to come in this minority Parliament, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Cabinet ministers will have to directly lobby all MPs on House committees to get their legislation through, say government and opposition MPs.

‘He has a lot of work to do’: elusive collective agreement, Phoenix damages loom large for new Treasury Board president

News|By Mike Lapointe
Former top bureaucrat says the ‘true test’ of an economist in the role is how he will deal with fiscal issues. 'He may be a bit of a constraint on an otherwise unlimited series of spending initiatives,' says Mel Cappe.

‘It is just too important’: Conservatives will vote for new NAFTA implementation despite vocal criticism of Liberals’ renegotiations, say trade analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative MP Erin O'Toole says his party hasn't decided if they will vote to implement the new NAFTA.

After relentless pressure, Scheer says he’ll resign as Conservative party leader amid private school controversy, caucus supports him as interim leader 

Scheer recognized winning April leadership review vote would take ‘a longer, more gruelling campaign than the one we just ran for the general election,’ says Tory Whip Mark Strahl.

From representing a town of 5,000 to a riding the size of Poland: NDP MP Bachrach settles into job

News|By Beatrice Paez
Much of Taylor Bachrach's career has been steeped in politics, but he hasn’t always been a card-carrying NDP member.

Parties agree to NDP’s push for representation on steering committees

News|By Palak Mangat
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the party was hoping to strike the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week, but opposition had not reached a consensus.

Stand by me: a number of chiefs of staff stick with ministers

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jason Easton is staying on as chief of staff to now-International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng, plus Lesley Sherban will be her director of operations.

Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
Peter Kent says Canada's campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council is a 'possible, even, likely motivation' for a vote supporting a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel resolution last month in the UN General Assembly.
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