OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The World Sikh Organization (WSO) is
disappointed to read Bruce Allen's cosmetic apology, attempting to blame the
media for 'sensationalizing' his editorial "rant". It is quite evident from
his written commentary in the Vancouver Sun as well as diatribe on CKNW Radio
on September 26th that he refuses to grasp the depth of pain he has inflicted
on minorities in general and Sikhs in particular.
Canada was not always a beacon to people from around the world; it was
not always the leading example of social harmony and cohesion to other
countries. We as Canadian must realize that there is always a danger in moving
backwards. We must continually fight against the forces of racism, intolerance
and xenophobia, wherever we find them. Mr. Bruce Allen may not be racist; but
the tone of his comments certainly conveyed the impression of bigotry and
intolerance that can stretch the fabric of multiculturalism and impact
negatively on the minority and immigrant communities in our society.
"Engaging in dialogue with respect, tolerance and sensitivity are traits
Canadians cherish and are known for around the World. Bruce Allen displayed
none of these traits. It is time to own up to his mistake and apologize
unequivocally", said Gian Singh Sandhu, WSO Senior Policy Advisor.
"WSO appreciates the bold leadership shown by Hon, Raymond Chan, MP by
taking ip this cause. We look forward to seeing our national regulatory body -
CRTC, adopt and declare a policy of 'zero tolerance' for implicit or explicit
communication of view that challenge goodwill, tolerance and mutual respect
among all Canadians" said Gurpreet Singh Bal, WSO President.
Mr. Allen and other public figures must recognize that even if there is
no intent on their part to fuel the xenophobic fears in our society, they must
still be mindful of when their words could be used to push forward an agenda
that vast majority of Canadian find appalling.
For further information:
For further information: Gian Singh Sandhu, (250) 305-2440,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Jasbeer Singh, (780) 457-3333, Cel. (780) 235-6000,