LETTERS: Accepting responsibility meaningless without apology


Re: Top parties following ethics report, Aug. 30

Having read Alex Browne’s insightful article about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, I was reminded how I was naively caught up in Trudeau-mania while living in Montreal.

After returning to the Lower Mainland, I also lived through the disillusionment of seeing Trudeau let power go to his head.

The refusal of Justin Trudeau to apologize, to admit that he was wrong, boggles one’s mind. He seems to be very good at apologizing for other people’s misbehaviour. Why not for his own behaviour when found guilty by the Ethics Commissioner? Do the words ‘accepting responsibility’ mean anything when Trudeau resolutely refuses to apologize?

As Kerry-Lynne Findlay was quoted in the article, “You can’t take full responsibility without taking ownership of your part in wrongdoing.”

Imagine if Trudeau did the responsible thing and actually apologized to Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Canadian people. One can only hope.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Surrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

All Safe Surrey Coalition council members must ‘step up’ over ‘bad taste’ tweets, rivals say

Slate’s posts on social media in ‘bad taste,’ councillor says

First degree murder charge laid in South Surrey shooting death

Wayne Duncan, 46, was killed on Sept. 6, 2019

Surrey sports groups grapple with refunds, registration, restrictions and more

‘Our biggest problem is going to be retraining the public because they can’t be there’

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Low-cost bicycle repair shop opens in Cloverdale

Cloverdale Community Cycles starts up in church parking lot

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Abbotsford International Airshow opening 50-year-old time capsule

Bronze time capsule was put together to commemorate AIA as Canada’s National Airshow

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

Most Read

l -->