An open Letter to Michael Ignatieff the Liberal Party Leader
By Dick Field Sunday, January 11, 2009
Dear Mr. Ignatieff,
I feel sorry for you. You have become the leader of the most destructive political party, now in Parliamentary Opposition, that has ever assumed the responsibility of governing Canada. This letter concerns your beliefs, as outlined in your book, The Rights Revolution, published in 2007.
The true state of affairs in Canada is the exact opposite of that you have described in the Preface of your book. You say that the book was based on a series of lectures you gave on CBC Radio in 2000 when you were a professor at Harvard University. How could you be so inaccurate?
Surprisingly, when I read the rest of your book I found a confusing array of more and more self deception. You appear to have realized that many of your beliefs flew in the face of the facts that you yourself proclaim in the same book. That is why people will never envision you as a leader. Clarity of thought is not evident.
Just a few misstatements from your Preface:
“As Canadians, we have managed to create a single political community of equal citizens out of aboriginals, francophones, anglophones, and all other peoples like me whose families came here as emigrants from other countries.”
You’ve got to be suffering from periods of extreme mental delusion. The Indians have declared themselves Nations, 601 or so nations. The Quebecoise have instituted hateful laws against their fellow English-speaking citizens and discriminate against them sixteen ways to one. Nearly 40% of them want to separate from Canada. Every ethic group, racial group and so-called disadvantaged group has been granted special rights and laws under the Charter. Some community of equal citizens.
“Out of these different languages we have forged a political system that holds us together and keeps us talking through our differences.”
The truth is that the elites (the establishment) have dictated a political system based on the rule of government and judges, government funded vested interest pressure groups and forced language edicts. All the foregoing buttressed with draconian so-called Human Rights tribunals that make a mockery of all the rules of justice that free Canadians once assumed were theirs by right. This, Mr. Ignatieff, is a society growing accustomed to obedience to authority for fear of financial or social ruin. Some political system!
“As Canadians, we know what we have to do. The rights enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms exhort us all to narrow the gap between the Canada we actually live in and the Canada we know we can build together.“ (Abridged statement).
Great heavens! Have you no idea of the disaster this convoluted Charter has created and the corruptions of democracy and individual freedom it represents? This is a “group rights” document with special laws and rewards for special people. Even the rights proclaimed are granted at the whim of our governments and courts; the very opposite of every English-speaking person’s fundamental beliefs. Some rights! Some Charter!
Sorry Mr. Ignatieff, but you represent a continuation of all that has brought political Canada to its knees. I suggest you read my article in which I attempt to encapsulate our sad state of affairs.
If you wish a more scholarly erudition of the facts, please read F.L. Morton and Rainer Knoff’s book, The Charter Revolution and The Court Party, published in 2000.
I realize you are confronted with an almost insoluble situation. But to survive and retain your personal integrity will require total clarity of thought and a willingness to uphold the historic civil rights of all Canadians.
Richard D. Field