I witnessed one of the most despicable uses of a nom de plume — a pen name — I have seen for a long while on The Compass website last week.
The online writer, using the name "breakforcoffee2," was commenting on a letter to the editor I had written, spotlighting the welcoming of 30 new Canadians during a heart-warming induction ceremony earlier in the week at the Cupids Legacy Centre.
This gutless writer appears to have been endowed with a propensity towards hate. This unknown writer certainly does not have an "attitude of gratitude."
Following the ceremony, I mingled and had the privilege and the honour of chatting with some of the new inductees, who were excited and overwhelmed as they waved their miniature Canadian flags.
Here is a sampling of the comment by "breakforcoffee2":
" … yes, and tell our newly minted Canadians to leave their nationalistic prejudices, tribal wars, regional conflicts, and the likes where they belong."
He made reference to the Tamils of Toronto as an example.
Comments like these encourages resentments on the level of pure hatred, in my view. After the ceremony in Cupids I spoke and shook hands with doctors, engineers, teachers and young families with young school age children, all of whom can't wait to contribute to their new Canadian home.
For many of them, their choice for a better life is Canada. They left, in heartache and tears, wartorn homelands and in the process left behind their extended families, some of whom will never be seen again. The gratitude in their eyes brought tears to mine and our shared handshakes were firm and sincere to me.
Our nation of Immigrants
What amazes me is that this writer can be so narrow minded and self-centred. The Canada we live in was created and prospered as a result of immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Norway and other countries.
A few years back, while on vacation in Florida, I had a fairly serious medical event that was close to being fatal. Thanks to the professional work of paramedics — some from The Philippines, some from Cuba — and medical specialists from South Africa and India, my good health was restored.
I wish to say how fortunate we are to have these wonderful professionals and their families in our midst.
A sincere apology required
On behalf of all Canadians I would like to apologize to these newly-installed Canadian citizens from afar. I pray these comments by the writer who chose to remain anonymous are considered for what, in my opinion, they are — despicable, insulting, arrogant and prejudicial.
These are terrible comments that emanate from a very small minority in this great country of ours. That is a certainty.
Without fear and with full disclosure, I sign my name …
— Bill Westcott proudly writes from Clarke's Beach, and asked to sign off with this quote from a noted civil rights leader.
Hate multiplies hate,
Violence multiplies violence,
Toughness multiplies toughness,
In a descending spiral of destruction.
This chain of evil destruction must be stopped.
— Dr. Martin Luther King (1929-1968)