The prompting for this blog, was Manitoba Tory leader, Brian Pallister’s chime in and rejection of Maclean’s article about Winnipeg being the most racist of Canadian cities, ( WFP, A10, January 24, 2015) Not his experience…he says! How would he know? Not exactly related, but it goes to the voracity of one of his more infamous public comments….this is the same Brian Pallister that remarked on December 2, 2013 …”wishing all you infidel atheists” (happy holidays). In todays article he ends by saying he will be proposing some solutions to the problem, (racism I presume, though he never mentions it) closer to the next provincial election, some 15 months from now. How convenient and enlightening! I would also presume he will have Gord Steeves head up this task force?
Whether Maclean’s was correct in their conclusion is hardly the point. That three dozen local leaders from various backgrounds, (not Pallister or Steeves) came together with Mayor Brian Bowman on Thursday, January 22, 2014, committing to finding some solutions….is the point.
When people make reactionary negative comments about obvious events in front of their faces and use derogatory language to categorize others….they will never be part of the solution. They are only part of the problem.