I am rarely embarrassed to be Canadian. Our treatment of Indigenous children in residential schools is one reason for embarrassment, and the Japanese internment is another.
Yet another is the result of learning of the accomplishments of former U.S. president George H. W. Bush and comparing them to those of our former prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, men of the same generation.
Trudeau refused to enlist in our military to defend democracy in a just war, while Bush was a heroic pilot rescued at sea after being shot down in combat. Bush, a man of privilege by birth, chose to go to war. Trudeau, a man of wealth and privilege, hid out in Outremont.
And now the younger Trudeau apologizes to the world about every issue he can think of but not for his father’s refusal to join with the men and women of his generation to defend freedom. Freedom is not free, as they say. Justin Trudeau owes us an apology for his family’s war service — or lack thereof.
Warren Bechard Brantford