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Note that "Liberal" in Canada does not mean what it means in the US; the Liberal Party in Canada is actually rather conservative in its positions.
Mr. Prime Minister: I am just a working class housewife and mother. I have raised two very intelligent and successful children and have been married to the same man for 30 years. Above all I have always been proud to be a Canadian until this weekend. (Quebec April 20-21, 2001) I must tell you that I have never been so outraged or appalled at the way that our government has been handling this conference. First of all let me tell you that I am totally against violence and did not like what happened in Seattle last year. Never the less; that is no excuse for the undemocratic and totally un-Canadian manner that you have chosen to deal with the protesters in Quebec City this last weekend. You had better take a hard look at what you are teaching the youth of today. Remember they are Canada's future and they are becoming more and more like their American neighbours and only because you Mr. Prime Minister are allowing our government to be more and more like the American system. We have never seen our government treat our young people like your RCMP treated them this weekend and you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing that to happen. I have always been a Liberal. My parents were Liberals and I was proud of that but today I am ashamed to be a Liberal because today Liberal appears to stands for dictatorship and uncaring cruel treatment of our youth. These young people are truly concerned about the environment and the fact that many of the decisions that are being made which will affect their future and the future of their children are being made behind closed doors and without their input. They see you and your party as selling their country out and they won't stand for it. I for one totally support them on that issue. There are millions of people in our glorious country who feel as I do. I hope they take the time to write to you and give you a piece of their mind. I don't think that many will but I am sure that they are also fuming after what they have seen this weekend via the media. I am also sure that they will send their message to you and your party at election time and I for one will not be voting Liberal again. I pray that more of our most brilliant, aspiring political youth will rise up and begin to garner support and funds from people like myself to organize and create a new political party that will focus on the environment and on the best interests of our people, in the country we are proud to call Canada. You sir, in my opinion, have not done that and I just wanted you to know that this Canadian is not blind and I will do whatever I can to make as many other Canadians, aware of that fact as I can. The internet is a powerful tool and you can't use tear gas, fences or swat team tactics to stop us here. We are a powerful nation with money and resources and above all the power of our intellectual youth is undaunting. This country belongs to us and not to you or to the wealthiest in the world. We just need to mobilize together as a nation and put the right people in power and get rid of politicians like you who disrespect the concerns of our youth and are willing to sell our country out to the highest bidder. You sir, have not had the last word. This is not the end of the discussion because you say so. It is only the beginning and we Canadians will have the last word. For there is power in numbers. You'll have to put a fence up around the whole country to stop what is going to take place now that you have provoked this nation with your disrespect for your own people, in particular our youth, in order to impress your unwelcome guests, who participated in this summit. Regards, Mrs. Amy Kalinowski ......... ......... ......... ......... This is the second letter I sent to the Media across Canada: Dear Fellow Canadians: I urge you to investigate what is going on at the Ministry of the Solicitor General, with respect to how the Quebec police and the RCMP conducted themselves, with respect to the horrifying treatment of our young people and the peaceful demonstrators, at the Summit in Quebec last weekend. I watched a program on television, that had as a guest the Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor Generals office. His name is Mr. Lynn Myers. Not only did he look like a goon but he represented himself, as if he was the head of a legalized Mafia in this country. I sent his Ministry a scathing letter telling them just how this Canadian felt about what went on in Quebec. Not only did his ministry have the police dress in plain clothes and wearing head bandannas but they were also hooded and apparently snatching young peaceful demonstrators off the streets, arresting them for demonstrating. If this government thinks that we as Canadians are going to tolerate that kind of intimidation by the police, who are paid for by our tax dollars, they are in for a rude awakening. The people in the ministry and the police are public servants who work for the people of Canada. Yes, they are there to protect us, that is what we pay them for but they are not there to infringe on our democratic and constitutional rights as a nation. We do not live in a police state. We are living in a democracy and it is our legal and constitutional right as a nation to organize, congregate and demonstrate about anything that we find unacceptable in our Country. The police were snatching our young people in order to make examples of them, to intimidate the Canadian people, so that they would forget their constitutional and legal right to demonstrate in the future. Well, it backfired. Instead they have only provoked this nation. I am sure that I speak for millions of Canadians, who watched in horror on their televisions, at what went on in the streets of Quebec City last weekend. The people of our great nation are not ignorant. We are a highly intelligent and well- informed society today and this kind of vigilante policing is totally unacceptable. I hope that the lawyers who are involved in the law suites that are about to fly, take it all the way up to the supreme court of Canada, so that we as a nation will finally have some assurance that this type of police brutality will never happen again, during legal and peaceful demonstrations. Our young people were treated like criminals and the police had no right to treat them like that. Over 2,000 cans of tear gas were used and 4,000 plastic bullets were used. Our tax dollars were not meant to be spent like that. One person, I understand was hit in the throat and may never speak again. I hope that person sues the pants off of the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Our Prime Minister should be ashamed of himself for sanctioning such violence from the police. He has the nerve to send his representative for Canada, to the United Nations to sit on a committee to the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child and young people. The Senator who sat on that committee is Senator Landon Pearson. Senator Pearson agreed with the recognition and right of the child and young people to participate in the decision making, that affected them and required States to ensure that their opinions were given "due weight". The Senator also said that "young people should be viewed as more than just passive beneficiaries and that " they should be heard as actors in their own development". Where was the voice of our youth last weekend and how was it received by our government? Why were their opinions, regarding their economic future and their health with respect to the deterioration of the environment dismissed, and why were they treated like criminals by the Quebec police and the RCMP? When all they were doing was peacefully demonstrating, because they just wanted some input in the decisions of their future and to be heard. The same right that our Senator to the UN, Senator Pearson, said all children and youth around the globe must have. I hope that you as a popular medium to this nation, do something, to make the people of this country aware of a very dangerous situation that occurred in Quebec. Our democratic and constitutional rights, have been trampled, on by our present government. We need to send a strong message to future governments that we as Canadians will never tolerate this! We need the help of people like you to help us do that. I hope you will see what is really going on here and help your country because today it's our youth and some 60,0000 demonstrators and tomorrow, it will be you. Think about it, Mrs. Amy Kalinowski
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