Volume 91, Issue 46

Wednesday, November 19, 1997



Intolerant leadership

Re: London municipal election

To the Editor:
I am saddened by Dianne Haskett's re-election as mayor of London because this demonstrates a disturbing trend in Canadian society. Haskett's actions towards the gay community and her refusal to proclaim the gay pride parade are not only discriminatory, but her own personal beliefs, religious or otherwise, have clearly interfered in her job performance. The London community is clearly intolerant and ignorant when it comes to gays and lesbians in a society that should be shaped on equality and not discrimination.

The election results illustrate Londoners are still living in the dark ages and can not comprehend there are people different to themselves living in their community. Clearly, the opinions are shaped on ignorance and intolerance because a mayor has been elected who exercises discriminatory practices. She refused to respect the ruling of the Human Rights Commission and subsequently resigned as mayor. I did not expect Haskett to be re-elected based on her actions. She is only mayor because people are intolerant of gays and lesbians in the community and Haskett will continue to exercise these practices.

It is time for people to realize there are people different to themselves and we need to respect these differences. It is time for Dianne Haskett to accept people as they are and not exercise discriminatory practices and to realize each individual is different.

Jason Hutton
Political Science II

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