Stephen Harper said Communism was an evil that should be understood and not forgotten at a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The wall the Communist built … was more than a physical division. It symbolised another, darker, view of life.
Beyond the wall people lived in freedom, exercised democracy, experienced justice. On the Communist side, there was no freedom; individuals did not matter; justice and law were only what best served the interests of the state. People belonged to the state, and served it.
It was the difference between whether the people choose who governs them, or the government chooses the people, by choosing who will live and who will not; the difference between a system that is at its heart good, and a system that was evil:
Not a flawed or inefficient system, but like its totalitarian cousin fascism, the antithesis of our highest values; one of the two great 20th century threats to the very existence of our civilisation; an evil to be understood so that it may never again be repeated.
– Stephen Harper