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Ritz sets poor example to students by belittling citizen over Wheat Board

I feel obligated to report bullying. In recent years, schools in Canada have adopted anti-bullying policies. Students are encouraged to report bullying they witness.

Canada’s agricultural minister is setting a very poor example to all students in Canada when his letter to the editor publicly belittles a Canadian citizen who has criticized a Conservative government policy. Minister Gerry Ritz’s letter (The Western Producer, July 31) wrote that Eric Sagan is “stuck in the past” when he objected to being denied a farmer vote on the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board single desk.

Rather than being “stuck in the past,” Mr. Sagan demonstrates a concern for the future of our democracy. He is holding our government accountable and he has my respect for speaking out.

It is alarming to see a Canadian citizen being publicly rebuffed by a member of Parliament. History has shown that when citizens are afraid to speak out democracies can morph into fascist dictatorships. Gerry Ritz should listen to the voters, not scold them!

DONN DUTCHAK

Rama, Sask.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 3, 2014

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I feel obligated to report bullying. In recent years, schools in Canada have adopted anti-bullying policies. Students are encouraged to report bullying they witness.

Canada’s agricultural minister is setting a very poor example to all students in Canada when his letter to the editor publicly belittles a Canadian citizen who has criticized a Conservative government policy. Minister Gerry Ritz’s letter (The Western Producer, July 31) wrote that Eric Sagan is “stuck in the past” when he objected to being denied a farmer vote on the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board single desk.

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I feel obligated to report bullying. In recent years, schools in Canada have adopted anti-bullying policies. Students are encouraged to report bullying they witness.

Canada’s agricultural minister is setting a very poor example to all students in Canada when his letter to the editor publicly belittles a Canadian citizen who has criticized a Conservative government policy. Minister Gerry Ritz’s letter (The Western Producer, July 31) wrote that Eric Sagan is “stuck in the past” when he objected to being denied a farmer vote on the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board single desk.

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