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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Fullard fails to apologize to real victim of his slander
The headline in this morning's National Post reads, "Liberal candidate Brent Fullard apologizes for comparing Harper with Hitler." Here's a link to the online version of the story.
As Jonathan Kay reports on Full Comment, Fullard's mea culpa follows the issuance, by B'nai Brith Canada, of a news release calling on Stephane Dion to refuse to confirm Fullard's nomination unless he apologized "for his offensive remarks."
However, the story itself reveals that Fullard, who is running in the Ontario riding of Whitby-Oshawa, apologized only to those he indirectly offended--"those who live with daily reminders of this unparalleled evil, and the devastating Holocaust that followed in its wake."
Completely missing from his formal apology (the text of which follows on the next page) is any element of a direct apology to the actual man he insulted and slandered, Stephen Harper.
This shameful episode should not end until Fullard apologizes to Harper too.
Statement from Brent Fullard Liberal Candidate for Whitby Oshawa Sept 9, 2008
I am the son of a World War 2 veteran, who fought for 6 years in Europe against the horrors of fascism, and who was decorated for his valour in that struggle. He instilled in my soul a passion for justice and for the ongoing fight against any manifestation of racism in our world.
Nevertheless, what I failed to recognize was the extreme pain that the very name of Hitler, or allusions to his regime can cause to those who live with daily reminders of this unparalleled evil, and the devastating Holocaust that followed in its wake. It is in that context that I have in the past made some comments regarding actions of the Harper government that I thought discriminatory, and drew an unfortunate parallel to that regime.
My mistake was inexcusable. These comments are hurtful to the millions of people who suffered and were killed by the Nazis and to those who remember them. Discrimination is antithetical to who I am as a person, and it was never in any way my intention to condone it or in any way to trivialize the Holocaust. I sincerely and without reservation apologize for my insensitive and highly inappropriate comments and for any offence that they have caused.
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Whenever Liberals run out of arguments (which is 99.9% of the time), they call their opponents Hitler or Nazi. Nothing new. Liberals and losers don't have the same initial letter just because of an unfortunate coincidence.
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2008-09-10 1:22:10 PM
Steve Harper is not deserving of an apology, he must apologize to Canadians for 2 1/2 years of poor governance.
Fullard was wrong to make the Hitler-Harper comparison but he is right to point out the many mistakes Harper has made in overseeing the Canadian economy. Flaherty is the worst Finance Minister in recent history.
When will Harper explain what he is hiding when he flip-flopped on Income Trust taxation and offered nothing but this as an explanation?
Posted by: Harper not a Nazi, He is a liar | 2008-09-11 10:23:30 AM
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