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Cold War Redux: Canada's PM Rants Against 'Evil' Communism

Critics slam Stephen Harper for red scare tactics

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Speaking Friday at a fundraiser for a memorial to "victims of communism," right-wing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched an attack on what he called a "poisonous ideology" using language evocative of the Cold War.

"Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again," he said, according to the Canadian Press. "But whatever it calls itself — Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism — they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty," he continued.

Speaking as the keynote speaker for the organization Tribute to Liberty, which aims to erect the memorial in Ottowa, Harper expressed his support for Ukraine and slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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His comments were met with condemnation from critics who accused him of employing red scare tactics.


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