Don Cherry poses for a photo in Toronto on Monday, March 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Don Cherry poses for a photo in Toronto on Monday, March 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fear replacing free speech

Unlike the op-ed writer, I totally celebrate Don Cherry’s freedom of speech, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Freedom of speech doesn’t equate to freedom from consequences, Opinion, Nov. 14.

Unlike the op-ed writer, I totally celebrate Don Cherry’s freedom of speech.

The writer stated, “Don Cherry made a thinly veiled attack on immigrants.” I guess he was critical of immigrants not wearing poppies during Remembrance Day.

The truth is I am an immigrant since I was two years old to Canada. The truth is I am an immigrant who did not wear a poppy this year for the first time because I am very sad that that so many veterans that fought for our freedoms have died in vain only to have our country taken over by a modern liberal type of fascism.

Our whole media is filled with examples of celebrities making harmless colourful statements and then getting fired with no forgiveness to them and thus re-enforcing within the general public a strong sense of fear to speak one’s mind and even think.

The op-ed writer talked about the social consequences of the freedom of speech and that Don Cherry’s employer had the right to fire him if the employer found the comments offensive. Her comments seem to be in conflict with our Canadian charter of rights I think.

Holden Southward, Nanaimo

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