This racist screed was sent to Edmonton East constituents by their Conservative MP, Peter Goldring, in his householder in December 2009. Yes, folks, your tax dollars paid for racist literature!
There are those today who want to change the historical record regarding 19th century Metis leader Louis Riel. Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East says that such historical revisionism is wrong and sets the record straight on Riel and his crimes.
Wait, there’s more!
Revisionist “time travel” ignores the reality of human suffering. History is there to be learned, not to be revised or reinter-preted today by persons who do not like the outcomes of over a century ago. “Time travelling” back to the Riel era and erasing this judgement from our history books as if it were wrong, would in itself be wrong. How can we possibly know what was in the minds of people 100 years ago, to re-judge them today, years af-ter the fact. How can we obtain a true ap-preciation for those issues, without the sweat of fear and the odour of death that those events caused across the West in that era?
His prejudice certainly shows through in that paragraph, eh? How about considering the suffering of the Metis, Peter? Or is that to Peter Goldring, the Metis Nation is not part of humanity?
He also says that a pardon for Riel would mean Canada was insulting the soldiers who fought against Riel on behalf of Canada.
So many people today appear to know little of and care less for the sacrifice of those very first Canadian war veterans who fought against Riel and saved our country from disin-tegration, so long ago.
“Saved our country?” Puh-leeze! More like helped turn it into the racist country it is!
Apparently, admitting mistakes of the past is not something Peter’s into:
To “unhang” Riel today is illogical for those who remember the true history of Riel’s revo-lutionary role and who also respect the au-thority of historical jury decisions. To posthu-mously “pardon” Riel would amount to a ret-roactive miscarriage of justice.
But hey, folks, Peter wants to know what you think. So how about you download and print this file, cut off that bottom portion and send it, free of charge, to the MP. Tell him how you really feel!
So, the immediate questions that arise for me are:
- Was the Prime Minister’s Office part of sending out this racist screed?
- Why hasn’t the Member of Parliament been charged with the publication and distribution of hate propaganda?
I asked the last question of Iggy, Jack and Gilles and await their replies. I encourage you to do likewise. And please let me know what questions I’ve missed asking.