Re: 'No groups in Canada should get special status' (Your Letters, Sept. 23)
I read the letter by Bill McRitchie. It is directed and only mentions 'aboriginals' and 'First Nations.' He does not address the 'French Canadians' status, Quebec language laws. If Mr. McRitchie wants to address 'special status,' why is he singling out the First Nations? Is he naïve or is he trying to be politically correct with racist views? It is timed to coincide with reconciliation demonstration in Vancouver. I would like to ask Mr. McRitchie a few questions.
Suppose his grandfather stole a car and left it to him, should he continue to own the stolen vehicle? Does the law not normally provide for stolen goods to be returned to their rightful owner? When the Third Reich plundered Europe during the First and Second World Wars and stole national treasures, did the international courts require the return of those treasures?
Mr. McRitchie, suppose your children were kidnapped like those girls in Cleveland and held for 10 years, should those children be compensated? Should they not get retribution? How about the people in Libya held for years by the Ghadafi regime, should the imprisoned be compensated, or does Ghadafi family get to flee the country with hundreds of millions? I argue, the money should be seized and the individuals compensated.
Do I consider those political prisoners are making outrageous demands?' Of course not. What about the orphanage in Mount Cachel or the training schools in Alfred, Ont., children were physically and sexually abused by the churches? Should those children be compensated? Not much different from the residential schools in my opinion.
The majority of the world saw Nelson Mandela so poorly treated and imprisoned in South Africa for decades. Should he be compensated? He is now admired and praised for his determination and tenacity in following his beliefs and for righting the gross injustice against his people that went on for decades.
I urge Mr. McRitchie to expand your vocabulary to more than First Nations and cast your view onto the world stage, you may change your point of view. The least it would do is remove the racial tone of your letter.
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