I recently received the comment below in response to my post, “What really happened in Caledonia...” and I thought it deserved a post of its own. Before posting, however, I went to Jamie West’s blog to see what he’d written, if anything, about the March for Freedom. I was as disgusted as Mary-Lou was by his slurs against all the good people who came out in defence of justice.
In a response to one reader Jamie West said, “I don’t take part in rallies that include red necks and white supremacists.” Ah, so that’s why he didn’t try to support Caledonia on October 15th – he KNEW there were going to be white supremacists there. Wonder why he didn’t say that BEFORE the March?
For the record, Jamie, I was there and I am not a redneck or a white supremacist. I was, however, the victim of an attempted fraud by supporters of the Caledonia criminals who tried – quite unsuccessfully, I must say – to link me to a phoney neo-nazi site. Your slurs against the people who organized and took part in the March for Freedom are putting you in some interesting company.
Also, for the record, as I mentioned in ‘What really happened…,’ I spoke with Neil Dring, reporter for the Grand River Sachem, right after the March who confirmed my own experience that he did not witness a single anti-native racial slur during the entire March for Freedom. Too bad you weren’t there to see for yourself; I was looking for you.
You missed your chance to see true courage in the form of two brave women doing exactly what you claim to want – applying peaceful political pressure on an ineffective government. Here’s what one of them has to say about your own efforts. If I were you, I’d be ashamed of myself:
I have been greatly offended by the poisonous remarks of Jamie West against Gary McHale and of course, the March for Freedom. Everyone who attended the Freedom Rally should also feel truly offended. It is important who organized the March, but it is even more phenomenal that it actually succeeded. While ranting unceasingly about Gary, it would appear that Jamie West is intent on killing the integrity of the messenger and ignoring the real and true reason for the March.
The complete loss of the Rule of Law should be the message displayed on our radio shows, our news columns and our televised news programs. At Ipperwash, in fifteen years, all our exposure to news and radio, television and writing the government was to no avail. The media and the Politicians would not admit the truth of what was happening to innocent residents and visitors to our community.
Because of the March For Freedom, I can feel the winds of change. The Canadian sleeping bear conscience is waking up. We will ruin the careers of those who do not listen in the future to the electorate with our vote. We can do it. I have faith in Canadians that they want common sense, integrity, moral fortitude and decency in our political systems and in the institutions of our courts and policing.
We all deserve to be safe in this Province and Country. We pay dearly in taxes for this very reason. I feel privileged to have been a part of the March for Freedom and being allowed to speak to those present. I thank every one of them for allowing me to stand with them in the pursuit of Justice for All.”
There have been many developments since the March that prove what Mary-Lou says is true. All one has to do is review the editorials and breaking stories logged at www.caledoniawakeupcall.com since October 15th. It would seem that our Premier McGuinty’s hand has been forced by a ‘publicity-seeking whacko’ and a couple of brave women. I share Mary-Lou’s view that something great is happening and I believe that, one day, even the blindest of journalists will know that Canada turned down a different path on October 15, 2006.
My wife and I had dinner with Gary and Christine last Sunday, and I shared my feeling that, next to my service with the United Nations, the March for Freedom was the most important thing I have ever done in my life, perhaps even more important.
We didn’t march alone, Mary-Lou. Listen to this comment from ‘Christina’ in reply to Jamie West’s October 16th post:
“In my opinion the rally was a huge success. It was great to be able to stand up for what is right and just with hundreds of others who had the guts to show up. I am sorry you missed your opportunity to stand for your country. I walked the streets of Caledonia with pride. I have the satisfaction of knowing that I stood up for justice even if nothing was accomplished, you have the satisfaction of knowing you have done….nothing.” Christina
Whoever you are, ‘Christina,’ I think I can speak for Mary-Lou when I say that we’re proud to have marched with you.
VoC NOTE: Readers might enjoy the very first VoC post: “Little ‘Cindy’ says to her grandfather, CHML journalist Jamie West, “Grampa, what did you do during the March for Freedom?” “Nothing, sweetie, but I did watch the people go by while I was reading the sports scores.”