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  • Writer's pictureRon Davidson

Letter to the Editor: Bob Burrows

Dear Editor,

I wish to express profound gratitude to recently “resigned” Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, for his restraint, his patience and his wisdom over the last couple of weeks.

He clearly understood he was holding a [proverbial] stick of dynamite and he refused to light the fuse. Even when others, who failed to deliver any support to him, demanded he do so, he refused.

He put everything on the line, including his job, to protect the health, the safety and maybe even the lives of, not only, his officers but also the protesting citizens he swore to serve and protect.

Others like Minister Bill Blair, ex chief of Toronto police, called Sloly’s caution “inexplicable”.

While Chief Blair led his officers … often dressed up like Darth Vader … to commit “massive violations of civil rights,” during the G8 protests in 2010 … according to an inquiry thereafter.

Including the beating of unarmed Adam Nobody by several officers and the cover up thereof. Nobody ever was found responsible for beating Nobody … now that’s inexplicable!

The last thing we need in this country is a violent, bloody confrontation of any kind. It would be a stain on our history and our collective memory as Canadians forever.

And while I am thanking people I would also like to mention Liberal MP Joel Lightbound, who said the following at his press conference, last Tuesday in Ottawa…

Last, I think it’s time to stop dividing Canadians, to stop pitting one part of the population against another. I can’t help but notice, with regret, that both the tone and the policies of my government changed drastically on the eve and during the last election campaign. From a positive and unifying approach, a decision was made to wedge, to divide and to stigmatize. I fear this politicization (of) the pandemic risks undermining the public’s trust in public-health institutions. This is not a risk we ought to be taking lightly.

If Mr. Lightbound’s report is correct … and there is no reason that it isn’t … then this conscious deliberate decision to divide and conquer for political gain, by stigmatizing some Canadians who choose to exercise their right to not be vaccinated, leads us directly to the feet of Justin Trudeau.

It is indeed the prime minister who is primarily responsible for what is going on in the streets of Ottawa … and Toronto … and Edmonton … and Calgary … and Quebec City … and BC etc etc.

And now it looks like it’s full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes, from where I’m sitting.

We have the wrong man in the driver’s seat here … the guy who got us into this mess in the first place.

Yours ~ Bob Burrows, Zephyr, ON


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