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!