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April 29, 1998

 

today I am ashamed to be Canadian

refusing conscience

men and women leave their closed rooms

heads bowed and silent

avoiding the eyes of those they failed

refusing to help

those neglect has harmed

 

only one man

had the courage to speak

later

several miles away

to defend his choice

and end debate

 

would to God I had the voice

to call the attention of those in power

to those in need

we surely owe them something

for their deaths

through carelessness

 


 

CBC-2 this morning carried the story of the defeat

of the motion to extend compensation for victims of

Hepatitis-C to those infected prior to 1986.  This is a

black day in our history which will not soon be forgotten

 


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