Honourable Mr. Clement,
A notable Canadian is heroic, selfless and worthy of example.
Imagine the average Canadian's surprise when they read this (emphasis mine):
The thing about Dr. Bethune is that people see different things about him depending on their perspective,” Mr. Clement said. “I think we as Conservatives can be comfortable that there’s a message here broader than just his communism, that goes to his humanism and entrepreneurship.
What would that message be, Mr. Clement? What message could transcend Bethune's chosen alliance with communism, a failed and cruel political system that claimed nearly a hundred million lives worldwide, seventy million of which were from China.
What can excuse your or your party's overlooking this very pertinent fact? Had Norman Bethune worked for Adolf Hitler, would you extoll him so? After all, Norman Bethune left Canada to practice medicine elsewhere, specifically for a man to whom seventy million deaths are attributed.
Seventy million deaths.
Imagine for a moment that the entire population of Canada and thirty-six million Americans were killed by a ruthless and callous dictator such as Mao Tse Tung who once declared that half of China would have to die during a famine that decimated its population. Now imagine that a Canadian citizen aided and abetted a dictator who would orchestrate and preside over such genocides and whose bloody legacy extends from the mainland to the divided Koreas and southeast Asia. Does that person represent the best of Canadians? Does he possess- as you put it- "humanism and entrepreneurship"? He certainly didn't want to earn a living from the medicine he practiced in China where he died unceremoniously of septicemia in the filthy and unscrupulous conditions that still remain. I suppose the sainted Bethune's influence did not take.
How desperate are you and your party to appeal to the very country that robs your countrymen of livelihoods?
As the Conservatives court Chinese investment in the resource sector and try to develop closer relationships with Chinese leaders, the malleable Bethune connects governments and people that haven’t always shared interests.
That you would honour an avowed communist to sway a dictatorship you should know spies on Canadian interests is inexcusable. That you would have us pay for it is baffling.
If I didn't know better, I would suggest you didn't care about this country, its reputation, its resources or its people.
This two point five million dollar monstrosity dedicated to a communist who served a still-existing dictatorship does not convince me otherwise.
I do hope you will reconsider.
a very, very displeased citizen