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Monday, June 09, 2008

A leadership in shame

Is this what being Canadian is all about? To bow and apologize for the past wrongdoings? Although the recent apology is a necessary and constructive step to reconcile the long mistrust and division between the First Nations and the Crown, it brought incompetence and shame to the all Canadians. An apology is worth a thousand words, but an apology too many is not only worthless but also a showcase of the cowardice among the governing few. First there's the Head Tax, then there's the deportation fiasco, now it comes to the residential school, and therein laid the mistreatment of thousands of Native youth. Abused and shamed, these former students repeatedly sought justice not with compensation, but by the carefully crafted words spewing out from the mouth of the Prime Minister. Demanding and enraged they were, the Prime Minister in charge eventually relent. Bowing to pressure, not from his obligation to safeguard the dignity of the constituents, but from the long accumulation of conscienceless discrimination to the First people. However, the honorable Him failed to foresee the consequence to the stream of apologies his government has made. It symbolizes an incompetent, weak and dwindling governing body, which is not only subject to criticism but the characteristic of it can easily be mistakenly smeared onto people carrying its nationality. Myself, a Canadian, felt ashamed of my identity after being betrayed by the very people I trusted. I realized, with no objection, this shameless parade of nonsense would only spell death sentence to the dignity of my fellow Canadians. That's why it is necessary for everyone to shout "enough is enough, we are not your clowns, Mr. Harper!"

An apology is worth a thousand words, but an apology too many would only backfire!

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