Party Memorial in Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery is
dedicated to the memory of Comrade Hardial Bains, Founder and Leader of
the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and to other Party
comrades who have passed away. The Party Memorial also pays deepest
tribute to the working
class of Canada and the fighting peoples of the entire world.
erect a Party Memorial was first put forward by
Comrade Bains in 1994, at the time of the death of Comrade Anne Boylan.
CPC(M-L) had lost several comrades, some from old age and some in the
prime of their life due to illness or tragedies of various kinds. These
the very best to which the Canadian working class has given rise.
Nurtured by the Party, they represent the revolutionary qualities of
those who, as a result of their revolutionary activity, saw the
necessity to espouse the ideals of Marxism-Leninism and build the
Marxist-Leninist Party of a new type. The Party Memorial
would honour their memory and contribution to the creation of a new
society in Canada, Comrade Bains said. The Central Committee nominated
Comrades David Danielson, Thomas Boylan and Anne Boylan as outstanding
veteran communists from the time of the Third International as names to
place in honour
on the Party Memorial. Comrade David Hemingway, who was a member of the
Central Committee and a young man when he tragically died, was also
accorded this mark of great respect.
sorrow Comrade Bains himself passed away unexpectedly
and tragically in 1997. The Central Committee of CPC(M-L) reaffirmed
its decision to erect the Party Memorial in the spirit Comrade Bains
had proposed. Plans for the design of the memorial, the site and
fundraising went into
gear with the active participation of comrades and friends. In June
1998, at the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee, First
Secretary Sandra L. Smith highlighted the revolutionary spirit in which
the Party Memorial was conceived. She pointed out that the Party
Memorial is not intended to turn our beloved
comrades into icons, but to immortalize their essence as those who
showed the utmost fidelity to their principles and, at each stage of
the Party's development, turned their words into deeds. The best way to
pay tribute to our comrades, Sandra emphasized, is by building
the Party as the necessary condition
to turn into historic victory the successes CPC(M-L) has achieved.
represents the red flag of modern communism
flying over Canada. It measures 8' across and is 5'6" high. The red
flag bears the hammer and sickle and star of CPC(M-L). On one side we
read the inscription Workers of All Countries Unite! and on
the other the Party's
motto, The Issue is Not to Wave the Red Flag But to Show Our
Colours Through Our Deeds.
On the base, we read: Hardial Bains, August 15, 1939-August 24, 1997.
Our Founder, Our Leader, Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist).The flowers of modern communism are carved on the
right hand corner of the base with the lines Vous êtes le
rouge de notre drapeau -- Lal Salaam
(You are the red of our flag -- Red Salute). On the flagstaff, the red
spine of our Party, the names of our three veteran comrades from the
time of the Third International are inscribed, Comrades David
Thomas Boylan and Anne Boylan followed by the name of David Hemingway.
On the red flag at the back of the monument are the names of others who
have since been added.
involving all who have contributed and continue to
contribute to building CPC(M-L), proposals for those to be honoured on
the Memorial are considered annually. To realise this important
project, members of the Central Committee of CPC(M-L) involve the peers
of the nominated comrades,
their family members and the Party organizations to which they belonged.
Central Committee decided that all deceased comrades
whose nominations are received and discussed amongst their peers and
family members and accepted by the Central Committee would be honoured
by having their names added to the Memorial on the glorious occasion of
of the Party's 30th anniversary in 2000 and henceforth in August of
represents the revolutionary quality of fidelity
to our cause proclaimed by our immortal teachers Karl Marx and
Frederick Engels: Workers of All Countries, Unite. You Have Nothing to
Lose But Your Chains. You Have a World to Win. The red colour
represents the blood of our
martyrs the world over. The flag is made from granite quarried in
Jhansi, south of Delhi, India. Jhansi itself is legendary in the
history of the Indian people's struggle for liberation. Lakshmi Bai,
the Rani of Jhansi, was one of the leaders of the First War of Indian
Independence in 1857. When the British tried to annex
Jhansi in 1853, she assembled a volunteer army of 14,000 rebels to
defend the city. During the British attack in March 1858, her valour
was exemplary. An Indian ballad sings:
The Rani of Jhansi
On every parapet a gun she set
Raining fire of hell,
How well fought the Rani of Jhansi
How valiantly and well!
to the British, the Rani escaped; again she rallied
the rebel forces, this time at the fortress in Kalpi, one hundred miles
away. The Rani lost her life in the battle but her name and the cause
for which she fought live on in the hearts, minds and revolutionary
action of all those the world
over whose commitment and sacrifice we honour with the dedication of
the Party Memorial.
conviction that the working class, the peasantry and all the
progressive and patriotic forces will carry their struggle irresistibly
forward to victory. Enlightened public opinion will always take their
side, he said. Revolution is inevitable. The
peoples will march on and build the new society, the socialist society,
which will satisfy their age old aspiration for freedom and prosperity.
Call of the Martyrs, Comrade Bains wrote:
"The call of the martyrs and the demand of the masses is for
revolution. Let all the people unite as one and rise in a revolutionary
storm to end this barbaric rule which has brought so much suffering and
has committed such horrible
crimes against the people. ... The people must unite from North to
South and from East to West, raise the banner of the liberation of all
the peoples and fight for the goal of establishing a new democratic
state through the triumph of the revolution and embarking on the
socialist road. Unite as one around the working
class and its Party. Take up the ideas of Marxism-Leninism, the
spiritual weapon which will make your unity unbreakable, your force
invincible and your victory inevitable.
times are calling for the settling of scores with
the exploiters and oppressors of the people, both native and foreign."
A new world is being born, he said. He called on us to build that new
world where the masses will find their freedom, a liberated place for
all progressive humankind.
Party Memorial represents. It hoists the red flag,
the banner of sacrifice and progress, the emblem of the overthrow of
all exploiters and everything backward and oppressive.
the blood of the martyrs of all lands, of the toiling masses
and the democratic and progressive forces.
CPC(M-L) is to hoist the red flag every day to signal
the dawn of the new world, a world that will eliminate exploitation and
oppression, hunger and disease, fascism, aggression and war -- a
beautiful world dedicated to the liberation of all humankind. The times
are calling for the unity
of the people to bring this world into being.
occasion of the 60th anniversary of the birth of
Comrade Hardial Bains and the 10th anniversary of the historic Chertsey
gathering where Comrade Bains challenged the working class and people
of the entire world to act in a new way, the Communist Party of Canada
dedicated the Party Memorial in Beechwood Cemetery, which is one of the
oldest cemeteries in the national capital. This lovely location
provides a place for all those who want to pay their respects to the
memory of our Comrades, to the Party and what they stand for.