Si­lence has been bro­ken

Sackville Tribune - - OPINION - El­don Hay Sackville, N.B.

To the ed­i­tor: Hats off to Cap-pelé Coun. Nor­bert Gaudet, who over­came his orig­i­nal doubts and de­cided to speak openly about the abuse which he and oth­ers al­legedly suf­fered un­der Fa­ther Camille Léger (“Cap-pelé to vote on arena name amidst al­le­ga­tions,” March 9, A4, T&T).

And won­der­ful to note the sup­port of Ola Cormier who, though not him­self abused, wit­nessed the re­sults when he was in the scout move­ment.

Equally re­mark­able and com­mend­able are the words and ac­tions of Monc­ton’s Arch­bishop An­dré Richard. He has heard from the vic­tims, he ac­cepts them at their word, and speaks out clearly on their be­half (CBC, March 12)

It is not sur­pris­ing that the com­mu­nity is di­vided: not in­fre­quently an abuser, de­spised by his vic­tims, is lauded by other cit­i­zens.

Nonethe­less, the sign on the Cap-pelé arena, which bore the name of Fa­ther Léger, has been re­moved by a unan­i­mous vote of the com­mu­nity’s mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil.

I praise Coun. Gaudet, his al­lies, the Arch­bishop of Monc­ton, and the final firm decision by the coun­cil. The si­lence has been bro­ken.

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