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


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


Today I am Ashamed to be a Canadian
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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