Monday, May 11, 2009

The House of Commons Owes our Athletes an Apology

On Wednesday May 7, 2009, in the House of Commons, a unanimous vote occurred in support of a Bloc motion to have our athletes wear sealskin as part of their outfits for the 2010 Olympics.

I'm not sure if any one of these MPs are aware that many, many, many Canadians don't agree with the seal hunt. 60% of Canadians surveyed are against seal hunting altogether. But that's besides the point. Politicizing our athletes is deplorable.

Are these MPs deliberately looking for mass protests in Vancouver where the security cost estimates are already through the roof? An apolgy is in order.

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1 comment:

Deb Prothero said...

Precisely, the Games are supposed to be about "a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."

Fortunately, Chris Rudge, the head of the Canadian Olympic Committee dismissed the idea on May 8th, saying "We respect the right of Canadians and its politicians to engage in such discussions, but it's not the role of the Olympic movement or of our Olympic team to take a position on social or political issues."

Still, have to agree that an apology is in order.