After my doctor abruptly left the practice he was with, I have suddenly joined the legions of patients in the province who do not have a family doctor,and have been trying to locate one as as soon as possible. I’ve also been up all night with the smallest of my children, who is exhibiting symptoms of lyme disease two weeks after being bitten by a deer tick, and we are off to the local (shudder) clinic .
I did want to say, however briefly, congratulations to Dianne Watts for making the choice to boycott the Vaisakhi parade as a result of learning that Sikh militant supporters will again be hosting a controversial float and displaying graphic images to the general public.
Last year several politicians were embarressed after attending the parade and discovering that a banned international terrorist organization had hosted a float displaying the image of Air India mastermind, Talwinder Singh Parmar, as a martyr. The symbols for the International Sikh Youth Federation, and the Babbar Khalsa , were proudly displayed along with graphic images in support of their cause.
This years organizers say they cannot prevent someone from having a display as long as it is legal. I say that they obviously are taking the easy way out. It’s their parade, and I’m sure they have the right to approve who can participate and who cannot- just as the city can deny a parade permit or approve one.
It alarms me that known terrorist organizations and their member still have rights that apparently must be acknowledged in the great country of Canada. More and more frequently, both vehicles and youth within Surrey can be seen proudly displaying the symbol of the terrorist federation, and the amount of support for this group appears to be growing rapidly among certain communities.
Dianne Watts, congratulations again for making a tough, but obvious choice. I will not be attending the parade, and I urge others to explore the issue and follow suit.