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May 01, 2008

An open letter to Olivia Chow regarding the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Maclean’s Magazine

Olivia Chow, MP Trinity-Spadina

Dear Ms. Chow,

I am a resident of the Annex area of Toronto and am a constituent of Trinity-Spadina, the federal riding you represent in Parliament. I decided to vote for you in the last election in part because you had so ably represented my neighbourhood in Toronto city council and in part because I could not support any alternative candidate.

I am writing with regard to a letter written by NDP party leader, the Rt Hon Jack Layton addressed to Muneeza Sheikh regarding a complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Maclean's Magazine, one of a number of related spurious, abusive complaints currently before a number of Canada's human rights commissions.

The full text of letter may be found here:


I find Mr. Layton's characterization of Maclean's Magazine as a purveyor of intolerance and hate speech to be utterly without merit. I hope Maclean's is successful in mounting its legal defense and that one day Mr. Layton will come to understand how deeply offensive many Canadians find his support for principles diametrically opposed to freedom of religion and expression. These especially include his de facto support for the views of Mohamed Elmasry, the man whose name appears on all three complaints against Maclean's Magazine and who is on record in support of the murder of Israelis.

I cannot fully express how deeply I regret having voted for you - and by extension your party - in the last federal election. It is a mistake I will never make again. Please remove me from your constituency mailing list. I will be working to support the candidate best placed to unseat you in the next federal election.

The Flea

cc Jack Layton, MP Toronto-Danforth

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 1, 2008 07:33 AM


Hopefully you sent that letter to the Hon. Ms. Chow on dead tree.

Politicians, at least the ones that I have communicated with, tend to ignore missives sent through the ether. For some reason they tend to give more credence to those written on paper, placed in an envelope and then stamped by the appropriate postal authority.

It's a bureaucratic thing I suppose, I wouldn't understand.

I'd recommend a nice 32# watermarked cream paper and envelope with a lovely stamp with the queen's head on it.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2008 02:03 PM

An excellent idea minus the picture of the Queen in profile. Letters sent to federal MPs do not require postage...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2008 02:05 PM

Imagine that, mailing your representative for free...

We only get half of that down here. Congressmen can "frank" and simply use their signature as postage to mail constituents, but the unwashed masses cannot.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2008 02:24 PM

Excellent idea. And by the bye, it's Maclean's, small "L". After Colonel John Bayne Maclean, founder.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2008 03:18 PM

Now corrected! Thanks for that.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2008 03:25 PM

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