Memorial to victims of communism to be built near Parliament Hill
Chris Alexander, front, and Jason Kenney speak during a press conference in , Friday, Aug. 23, 2014.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, August 23, 2013 1:54PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 23, 2013 2:40PM EDT
OTTAWA -- A monument commemorating victims of communism will be erected near Parliament Hill.
A group called Tribute to Liberty will receive up to $1.5 million from the federal government to build a memorial on the lawn between the Library and Archives building and the Supreme Court.
Conservative cabinet ministers Jason Kenney and Chris Alexander made the announcement today at the site of the planned memorial.
It's expected the memorial will be finished late next year.
The announcement coincided with Black Ribbon Day, a day of remembrance for the victims of communism and Nazism in Europe.
A statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the day serves a reminder of the importance of upholding democracy and freedom.