Marystown - Editor;
I appreciate the research you have done in writing your editorial on Morgentaler (Morgentaler Affair, The Southern Gazette July 8, 2008).
I would like to add pertinent points to this controversy.
The Order of Canada's Latin motto is taken from the epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews 'desiderantes meliorem patriam', meaning 'they deserve a better country'.
Your editorial questions the appropriateness of bestowing the honour to such a controversial figure. This week the Ipsos Reid/Can West poll showed 65 per cent of Canadians supported honouring Dr. Morgentaler.
Obviously, there is a disconnect between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the majority of Canadians.
It is true the award cannot be given to someone with a criminal record. That was the reason they revoked the Order of Alan Eagleson who was found guilty of stealing money from his hockey player clients.
In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada declared the laws under which Dr. Morgentaler was convicted to be in violation of the Charter and thus unconstitutional. Thus, he was declared a free man with no criminal record.
There is however one non-Canadian with a criminal record and long jail term who belongs to the order of Canada. His name is Nelson Mandela.
You are right when you say the question of abortion is a polarizing one with vehement arguments emanating from both sides. Yet, realistically speaking, this question is a moot one in most western countries.
Here is an abbreviated list of countries where abortion is legal: 1967 - United Kingdom, 1973 - U.S.A (Roe v Wade), 1975- France, 1981 - The Netherlands, 1988 - Canada, 1992 - Germany.
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I appreciate the research you have done in writing your editorial on Morgentaler (Morgentaler Affair, The Southern Gazette July 8, 2008). I would like to add pertinent points to this controversy.
Marystown - Editor;