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May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018 10:55 PM EDT
Candidate Laura Kaminker - Mississauga Centre- ONDP ahead of the 2018 Ontario General Election. Handout/Ontario NDP/Toronto Sun/Postmedia NetworkPostmedia Wire
She wants to be Mississauga Centre’s MPP, but if she wins don’t ask this NDP candidate to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day.
“I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over,” said Laura Kaminker in a 2014 blog post.
“When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy — made with prison labour — and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close.”
The people who those poppies represent died so that this librarian can take such a view.
Views are something Kaminker has plenty of.
For example, Laura doesn’t like when the Maple Leafs, Blue Jays or Argos honour troops at games with a standing ovation and a team sweater handed to them by an esteemed member of the alumni.
“Why is war glorified at a baseball game or a hockey game? Why is military worship associated with sporting events? Why should we accept this as normal and natural?” she wrote.
She added, “Is there an assumption that the people who attend sporting events are especially receptive to military propaganda?” She refers to veterans as “heroes” in quotation marks and asks is “every ‘hero’ honoured, every flag waved, every resounding exhortation about the troops ‘protecting our way of life,’ is a conscious act, and a political one.”
Laura also is one of those who questioning if in fact 911 was an Al-Qaeda attack?
“Enough about September 11…for the US. For the world. Enough already,” she blogged.
Originally an American who came north in 2003 out of protest of her home country’s political stance on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kaminker wrote the commemoration of that day that killed almost 3,000 people including 24 Canadians “makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the [f—] away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans.”
She also explains “Marxism 2011 program notes” from a conference she described as a “weekend of inspiration, education, and revolution.”
I have reached out to Laura to talk about this but she has yet to return voice mails, e-mails and Twitter requests. I do hope to connect to learn if earlier statements square her views today?
To be fair, most of these comments go back to 2012, the same time as Tanya Granic Allen’s words about women wearing burkas and on same-sex marriage — words that got her turfed from the Progressive Conservative nomination for this same Mississauga Centre riding.
The problem with this election is there has been so much gotcha stuff. It’s endless. It’s relentless. It’s pointless.
For example, Markham Liberal MPP hopeful Amanda Yeung Collucci’s 2012 Facebook post — “911, was it really a terrorist attack or another conspiracy for cover up? As soon as it happened back in 2001, I thought: ‘how can the US Defense be so weak? I thought the US had LET it happen so they can declare war” — has her on the hot seat.
I say let it go. Who cares? As long as no is threatened or in danger, it’s not important today.
Personally, I don’t think any of these candidates, if democratically nominated, should be disqualified for what they wrote or said years ago — especially when they are just expressing how they felt at that moment in a country with free speech.
That said, the electorate should be able to see what their positions were so they can make an informed decision if this is someone they want representing them?
For example if the NDP forms the next Ontario government by getting out how Laura Kaminker felt in 2012, no one will be able say they didn’t know she was at that time against wearing a poppy, supporting our troops at sporting events or someone who attended Marxist conferences.
If she’s elected, all of that will have been put out on the table for voters to decide.
wmtc: sports without war: canada out of aghanistan, and military out of our sports
wmtc: september 11
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