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December 19, 2011 - No. 132

CPC(M-L) Expresses Condolences on
Untimely Passing of Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il
February 16, 1942 - December 17, 2011

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Korean people and General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army.

On this occasion, Comrade Sandra L. Smith, First Secretary of the Central Committee of CPC(M-L) sent a letter to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea expressing the deepest condolences of the Party and its members. CPC(M-L) also extends deepest condolences to his successor Kim Jong Un, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and now the Supreme Leader of the Korean People.

The death of the leader of the Korean people, Comrade Kim Jong Il, is a great loss to the Korean nation to whom he dedicated his life and work. To fullfil the striving of the Korean people to control their own destiny, he worked tirelessly for Korean reunification and to achieve the prosperity of the DPRK. His death comes at a time when the DPRK is achieving important economic developments to improve the people's well-being and standard of living. The untimely passing of Kim Jong Il is also a great loss to the world anti-imperialist and democratic forces and the world communist movement in which the role of the DPRK to uphold principle and oppose preparations for imperialist war has been decisive to ensure peace in the region.

An official notice from the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK informed that Kim Jong Il "passed away of a sudden illness at 8:30 on December 17, [...] on his way to field guidance." The medical report released the day after confirmed that Kim Jong Il had "suffered an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock, on the train on December 17, [as a result of] a great mental and physical strain caused by his uninterrupted field guidance tour for the building of a thriving nation."

Kim Jong Il had received medical treatment for his cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long period, the Medical Committee said. Every possible first-aid measure was taken immediately but he passed away at 8:30 am on December 17, the Committee said adding that "an autopsy on December 18 fully confirmed the diagnosis."

The National Funeral Committee of the DPRK has announced that the national mourning period has been set from December 17 to 29. Kim Jong Il's bier will be placed at Kumsusan Memorial Palace where he will lie in state. Mourners will be received from December 20-27. A farewell ceremony will be held in Pyongyang on December 28 and a national memorial service will take place on December 29. The flags of the DPRK are flying at half mast as the people deeply mourn the loss of their leader. Memorial services will take place across the country in conjunction with the national event in Pyongyang.

Mourners in Pyongyang, December 19, 2011

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Condemn Uncouth Statements of Prime Minister and Opposition Leader on the Death of Kim Jong Il

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on Canadians to join with it in condemning the uncouth statements of both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Leader of the Opposition Nycole Turmel on the death of the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Il.

Statements on such occasions, which indulge in name-calling and the individual's or party's own political beliefs, are uncultured and contrary to the norms of statecraft. The people of Canada deserve better from their political leaders whatever their particular opinion or ideology.

Canada has official diplomatic relations with the DPRK. Diplomatic relations among states require at the very least a civilized tone that recognizes in some way the loss the other state has experienced. The two statements did not engage in statecraft but interference, warmongering and open hatred. This is not the way forward for states to live in peace and develop relations based on non-interference in each other's sovereign affairs, cooperation and mutual benefit. The statements could be characterized as racist and chauvinist as they recognize only Canada's political arrangements as legitimate, then condemn any other political arrangements for being contrary to the authors' own political and ideological values. They express blatant interference in the internal affairs of the DPRK and are an invitation to U.S. imperialism and Japanese militarism to wreak revenge on the Korean people for having stood up for their dignity and independence and for their heroic efforts at finding their own way forward.

CPC(M-L) calls on Canadians to join with it in demanding that government leaders and representatives of the Canadian state conduct themselves in a civilized and peaceful manner on this and other occasions. CPC(M-L) asks Canadians to demand that Harper and Turmel retract their statements on the death of Kim Jong Il and issue letters of condolence befitting the occasion and in accordance with the civilized standards of the Canadian and Korean peoples, and indeed all humanity.

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