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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

ON THE OTHER HAND ... Don Cherry didn’t say 'people's, he singled out new immigrants. He went on a rant about them liking our milk and honey but not spending a buck for a poppy

Here’s my take on the Don Cherry poppy debacle ... please take a moment to can readthe comments of Alan Forseth as well

It's not offensive to state you think people should be more respectful of veterans and that you are pissed off people don’t wear poppies.

I get that. I live in a base town and know veterans personally; most are recent veterans. But I support and respect their sacrifices and service to our country and wear a poppy to show that.

But there are a lot of people who don’t buy poppies or even mark Remembrance Day. For some it's a statement against the industrial war complex, for some they just don’t want a hole in their jacket so they donate but decline a poppy.

But Don Cherry didn’t say 'people'... he specifically singled out new immigrants.

He then went on a rant about " you people" liking our milk and honey and way of life but not spending a buck for a poppy.

First of all, how exactly does one tell who is new immigrant or not? Did he go around asking people who weren't wearing poppies if they were new immigrants?

I doubt it. I just saw at least a few dozen white people here in the Comox Valley this morning not wearing poppies today. I had no idea they were all new immigrants!! (heavy on the sarcasm there)

That's what makes his tirade offensive, anti immigrant and probably racist too. It's the stuff of far fight 'Canadian' websites and he knows it.

My friend Suki is third generation Canadian. Some people still talk to him like he can’t understand English because his skin is brown and ask him where he’s originally from.

Ummm ... Canada, just like you? His family has been here longer than mine.

Not wearing a poppy, or not respecting veterans, is by far an issue among all Canadians in general – one that crosses every spectrum.

To single out and target new immigrants on national tv is not only offensive, it's wrong.




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