In early 1985 I turned to another distinguished judge, Mr. Justice Jules Deschenes, on a different legal matter. I asked him to examine the whole issue of Nazi war criminals who had escaped from Europe after the Second World War to slip into Canada and who could still be living here. I received a huge amount of abuse for this decision, much of it coming from traditional Tory constituencies of ethnic Canadians who originated in eastern Europe. Fiercely anti-communist, these communities were concerned about the Deschenes Commission accepting evidence from Soviet sources. While I was sympathetic, I allowed the commission to continue for one important reason: to me the idea of people who had participated in the extermination of Jews living in my country was odious and unacceptable. They had to be exposed, and then they had to be expelled from Canada.[W.Z. Mr. Mulroney is parroting the catechism of the Holocaust Industry with respect to the Deschenes Commission and Nazi war criminals. He does not explain that the main protagonists in the Deschenes Commission hearings were the Ukrainian and Baltic communities versus the Canadian Jewish Congress and B'nai Brith.
The decision by Pierre Trudeau to leave, untroubled, Nazi war criminals living in Canada surely must rank with the greatest sins of omission in the history of this nation. After serving as justice minister and 16 years as PM, Pierre Trudeau was -- or should have been -- aware of the fact that people guilty of the most heinous crimes involving the slaughter of Jews were living in Canada. They lived here under false pretenses and were never charged because it appears that Mr. Trudeau did not want "to trouble" the social fabric of Canada. I appointed the Deschenes Commission specifically because I believed that Mr. Trudeau had opted for "social tranquility" rather than simple justice. It is repugnant to me in the extreme to think that criminals and murderers were allowed to enter Canada and prosper here, thereby sullying our citizenship, without challenge or accountability. For all those years criminals of the worst sort found sanctuary in Canada, when evidence of their guilt or their complicity was available for the minister of justice or PM if he was interested in finding out.
[W.Z. If Mr.
Mulroney truly believed and wrote this rubbish in his diary on
01Jan1988, it proves that he was brainwashed beyond belief. On this
issue, history has proven him wrong and the approach of Pierre Trudeau
has proven to have been correct.
All the criminal trials since 1988 and the d&d trials since 1995 have proven beyond all reasonable doubt that there are no "Nazi war criminals" in Canada.
Mr. Mulroney should be asked to respond to some of the criticisms of the Deschenes Commission posed by Dr. Lubomyr Prytulak in his 27Apr2004 letter to Paul Martin archived under Cotler Files in my Geocities website
or specifically at
He could also be asked to respond to my own "Critique of Deschenes Report" of May 1987 at