Posted on Dec 7, 2017
UCP’s Rick Strankman says Chilean murderous dictatorship was a “success story”
EDMONTON – UCP MLA Rick Strankman made another “bozo eruption” after he said the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet was a “success story”.
During a debate about a bill to protect Alberta’s democracy, Rick Strankman heckled that the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet was a “success story.” The UCP caucus has denied Strankman made the remark even though Hansard recorded it.
Calling Pinochet’s regime that murdered thousands of innocent people “success story” contradicts reality. The Government of Chile found Pinochet’s dictatorship allowed “very serious forms of human rights violations: executions without trial; executions following trials in which due process was not guaranteed; mass arrests of persons who were taken to concentration camps where they were subjected to very degrading conditions of detention and many of whom "disappeared"; widespread torture and ill-treatment”.
Strankman has made these types of remarks before. Last year, he was forced to apologize after downplaying the Ukrainian genocide Holodomor.
Strankman must immediately apologize to the Chilean community of Alberta for his remarks.
 Hansard December 6 2017. pg 2308. http://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/hansards/han/legislature_29/session_3/20171206_0900_01_han.pdf
 UCP Caucus Twitter. December 6 2017. https://twitter.com/UCPCaucus/status/938490407695945728
 Amnesty International, Oct 22 1999. https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/140000/amr220101999en.pdf
 Edmonton Journal. June 3 2016. http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/wildrose-blog-post-that-compares-carbon-tax-to-ukrainian-genocide-requires-apology-ndp-cabinet-minister-says