Em­bar­rass­ing

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

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

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