THE EMPTY CHAIR
Hi Fellow Seniors: Thanksgiving is the time of year that families come together. The chatter between family members is non-stop as they ‘catch up’ on all the family news. There are weddings, births and expected births, holidays and family pets to be discussed Invitations extended for Christmas and holidays and the expectations of continued family gatherings.
However, there is one home that has an EMPTY CHAIR that used to be filled by 10 year old Tori Stafford. (July 15, 2000 – April 6, 2009). Not quite 10 years old, she was abused and ultimately suffered an untimely death. Her captors, Terri-Lynne McClintic and Janes Rafferty, were finally caught and were sentenced to years of imprisonment. That should have been the final chapter in this horrific crime but that is not the case.
Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons last week and said he would not denounce the special treatment given to TerriLynne McClintic. This was in response to a Conservative motion denouncing McClintic’s move from a secure prison facility to a healing lodge, with no fence and children present. However, when the time came to vote, Mr. Trudeau bailed. He didn’t stay for the vote so that no record is made of his act of betrayal to a little girl. He did denounce the Conservatives of being ‘ambulance chasers’ by focusing on this story, While the Conservatives view McClinic’s transfer as a moral outrage that puts the public at risk, Trudeau views it as one of trusting the public service.
Mr Stafford issued the following statement:
“I in fact met Mr. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday of this week. On a chance meeting on Parliament Hill, Justin Trudeau heard I was in town for the day and had requested a sit down with me if I would like. During what was dubbed a “father to father” conversation, Mr. Prime Minister offered his support and condolences to me my family. I needed to take these last couple days to clear my head to make sure I was thinking clearly. Thank You for your time Mr. Trudeau. Please make our country proud and CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE.
Thank you goes out to the conservative party for your fast action in helping me get to the federal government in our quest for justice and change. Please continue your fight with us in reversing this outrageous transfer and in supporting that our laws need to change. Thank you everyone for your continued support.”
MY LAST WORD – There are many parents who have lost children due to illness or accident of one kind or another and the trauma of this experience never goes away.
What happened to Tori Stafford was unforgiveable and her family will never recover from this tragic, tragic event. In this Country capital punishment has been abolished but this case makes one wonder?
As voters, we have the last say in whether or not we support Trudeau’s lack of compassion in this matter. Now is the time to contact your M.P. and show your support of a little girl who left this world far too soon. You can be her voice and make sure she is heard in the Halls of Justice. We don’t want any more EMPTY CHAIRS!
Dorothy Wilson is a freelance writer specializing in senior’s issues. Comments are welcome by e-mailing or writing c/o St.Thomas Times-Journal, 16 Hincks Street, St.Thomas, On.