Hedy Fry | Apr. 14, 2001 | Eugene Harasymiw
Cross burning in BC

10611 - 110 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 1H7
Phone/fax: (780) 457-5170
Website: www.usrl.org/alberta/

April 14, 2001

Faxed to: (613) 995-0056

Hon. Hedy Fry
Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)
Room 538
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Ms. Fry:

Our organization dates back to 1927. Its aims are to encourage cultural retention, to promote learning and to support the Ukrainian Orthodox faith (which is Christian, in case you didn't know it).

Given our background, we found your recent remarks about alleged racist activity in Prince George, British Columbia, to be nothing short of appalling. Now that the truth of the matter has surfaced -- that you concocted the story and that you misled Parliament and the Canadian public -- we expect you would have taken appropriate action by now. That, sadly, has not happened.

There is one aspect of your accusation about rampant racism in a named Canadian city that does not surprise us. Just as you made up the story to garner support from "the dark side" of a segment of the public, so too has your government concocted the notion that Canada has been overrun by thousands of "Nazi war criminals", which untruth your co-Ministers McLellan and Caplan continue to foist on Canadians, again to satiate the blood-thirst of misguided lobby groups.

We are further in wonderment why you said not a "peep" about a real cross-burning that occurred in the province of Quebec last year. On that occasion a group of apparently crazed individuals desecrated a holy place of worship. By choosing to remain silent, you signaled your tacit approval of that most intolerant and revolting deed.

On the basis of the foregoing, we demand your resignation from Cabinet and your self-removal from Parliament. Madame Minister, you are not fit to peel potatoes, let alone hold public office. Please confirm your resignation by return fax forthwith.

Yours truly,

Eugene Harasymiw, LL.B., President

Hon. Jean Chretien
Stockwell Day, MP
Michael Zaleschuk, President, USRL