Sudbury letters: Defending Trudeau; medals available for veterans

Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made a campaign stop at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday September 26, 2019. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

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Defending Trudeau, sort of

I find it difficult to comprehend how low some so-called “honourable” politicians can go in order to assassinate the character of another politician for personal and party gain.

Such is the case with the disgraceful attack on Justin Trudeau. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not infatuated with the antics of Justin Trudeau as prime minister.

He spends taxpayers ‘ money like it has gone out of style.

He will lavish millions on any group or cause he thinks will keep him in the PMO.

He makes unwise promises that never materialize.

He is trying to disarm and discredit honest, law-abiding Canadians, who hunt and target shoot.

I could on.

However, I do not believe he is racist. He apparently took part in vaudeville-style theatrics and someone took pictures they have made public several decades after the event.

Opposing politicians are using that to brand him a racist. Was Al Jolson who made up his face and dressed as a person of colour, then crooned songs like “Mamie” to standing ovations also a racist?

No, I do not believe so.

One can certainly criticize Justin’s policies, his protectionism of Quebec, his favouritism of certain ethnic groups and incredible ways of spending taxpayers ‘money, but that does not make him a racist.

Let the politician who has never sinned cast the first stone. I don’t believe you will find one.


Robert G. Paxton

Little Current


Abuse hard to believe

I may not be a fan of Justin Trudeau, but even I am appalled at the abuse he has taken.

So he dressed as Aladdin or in blackface. So what?

Years ago, when I was younger, I went to several costume or Halloween parties where people dressed as policemen, firemen, etc.

Were we making fun of these people? Of course not. We just had to dress up as a character, nothing more, nothing less. No one cared because it was just all in fun.

Of course, in the politically correct world we live in today, people whine and cry about anything.

I grew up in the 1950s in the Flour mill. It was a mainly poor, French neighbourhood. It was not uncommon to see families of 15 people living in a three-bedroom house. It was a struggle just to eat and survive.

Sixty years later, I run into some of my old friends who did quite well for themselves. Of course, they had character and backbone, and had no time to cry if someone called them some slang name or made fun of them.

Perhaps some of these whiners should move to Iraq or North Korea or some poor African country and they will quickly realize what real problems are.


Mario Rovinelli



Medals for veterans

I would like to inform your readers about two very special medals that are available for veterans. These are the National Order of the Legion of Honour from France and the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea.

Our veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War both fought hard and made tremendous sacrifices, and they have both won the greatest level of respect and thanks we can give them. The Government of France is awarding its highest medal to all living Canadian veterans who directly helped to liberate their country from June 6 to Aug. 30, 1944.

The Republic of Korea is presenting its Ambassador for Peace Medal to all Canadian veterans who participated in the Korean War and its peacekeeping operations from 1950 to 1955. Living veterans or the families of veterans who have passed away may be eligible to receive this special medal.

If you are a veteran or know someone that is, and who might be eligible for one of these important medals, contact me. I am an unofficial volunteer who is willing to help you with your application. There is no fee involved.

For more information, contact Mr. Guy Black C/O 515 – 95 Moody Street, Port Moody, BC V3H0H2

or email and include the subject “Veterans Medals”.


Guy Black, recipient

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers