TORONTO, January 16, 2002 - Toronto:A report in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix quoted the MP for Souris - Moose Mountain, Saskatoon, Roy Bailey, as saying that Dr Rey Pagtakhan, the new minister for veterans' affairs as unsuited for the post because he is Asiatic. (Asiatic unsuited for veterans - Post: MP).
"The proclivity of some of our politicians to make inappropriate, and even racist, remarks continues to amaze me. The implication that the new minister for veterans' affairs is unfit to serve in that post because he is Asian, is unacceptable, to say the least.
I sincerely hope that Mr Bailey sees fit to apologize to Dr Pagtakhan and the House for his inappropriate comments even before his party's leadership has a chance to suggest that he do so".
Perhaps it is time to remove the mantle of they should know better from our politicians shoulders. It is about respect.
Karen Mock, Ph. D., C. Psych.