Letter to the Editor: Dec. 16, 2020

Re: “Reservist Should be Tossed for Racist Ties, Navy Agrees,” Dec. 15, 2020

The simple truth remains that, if asked, most minorities would likely say they do not think the Canadian military has their safety in mind when performing its duties. My home city is a short drive from Base Borden and I cannot ever recall seeing multicultural or ethnic soldiers that were not visiting foreign personnel or officials.

The Armed Forces needs to do a better job of weeding out hateful individuals from its ranks if they are to shed any misconceptions about their agenda and prevent dangerous weaponry and training from falling into the wrong hands.

The former soldier claims his time in the military helped him “shed” his evil views, but that is a debatable point best answered by investigators and psychiatrists. He did offer weapons to hate groups and willfully promoted hatred, both of which are criminal offences. The ongoing “reformation” of the military ought to be something parliament takes very seriously as well as finding ways to boost multicultural recruitment. 

Christopher-Michael Mansour
Barrie, Ont.