Hard labour for internees at the Kapuskasing camp, circa 1917. (Photo courtesy of the Ron Morel Museum)
Re Tortoise Chases The Hare (April 3):
If Tory leadership hopeful Jean Charest really believes in "the politics of inclusion" and "tailoring of the message to [his] audience," he should rescind his 1991 decision as Minister of the Environment to not allow a historical marker to be erected in Banff National Park, where hundreds of Ukrainian Canadians were unjustly interned during the First World War as "enemy aliens."
By telling one million Canadians of Ukrainian heritage that this episode was of no "national historical significance," Mr. Charest has gone a long way toward alienating just about that many voters. This Tory tortoise will now have a hard time getting back on his feet. Meanwhile, the competing hares have vaulted ahead. But, given their party's dismal record in addressing the Ukrainian-Canadian redress issue, I wonder if the others will do any better. Should I be looking forward to rabbit stew?
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