Archive/File: fascism/canada collins.001 Last-Modified: 1993/11/28 Victoria (B.C.) Times-Colonist July 3, 1993, page A3 Anti-racists want Gov. Gen. to strip press trio's medals by Judith Lavoie Times-Colonist staff -------------------- Controversial columnist Doug Collins is hardly a shining example of the Canadian spirit and his commenmorative Canada 125 medal should be withdrawn, says the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism. The group is circulating a cross-Canada petition demanding that Gov. Gen. Ray Hnatzshyn take back the medals presented to Collins, who writes for the "North Shore News," and those presented to Peter Speck, publisher of the newspaper and Noel Wright, associate editor and columnist. But Collins said the campaign is simply another effort to muzzle him. "They yearn to shut me up. I think they're a bunch of fools, Marxists and left-wing agitators who are dedicated to killing freedom of speech," he said. "They are stricken with an anti-Collins fever and I hope they die of it." The medals were presented to Collins, Speck and Wright in January by the late Chuck Cook, former North Vancouver MP. About 50,000 of the medals were distributed, with each MP responsible for awarding 40 of them. The criteria were that recipients should have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, community or country. "In our opinion it is a travesty to claim that Doug Collins has worked to improve North Vancouver," said Alan Dutton, BCOFR secretary. "Collins promotes individuals at the forefront of the Holocaust denial movement." The "North Shore News" publishes material which "demeans, degrades and maligns minority ethnic groups, First Nations, people of colour, women, physically challenged individuals, gays and lesbians," Dutton said. The group is illustrating its case with selected Collins quotes. In October last year he wrote: "A negress from Trinidad was allowed to stay because she claimed her old man beat her up. You can therefore expect any fem from anywhere who says hubby threw the frying pan at her to claim similar treatment." In January 1992 he wrote: "The Third World is occupying the classrooms of much of the Lower Mainland. That is clear both from statistics and the pictures on TV. Hardly a white face in sight. Which should tell you something about why we have to have free lunches." Dutton is urging people to write letters to their MPs and MLAs and, if the medals are not withdrawn, a media conference will be held in the fall and other medal-holders will be urged to return their medals. Collins said he has no intention of returning his medal. "The medal was awarded as a result of a decision by a non-political committee on the North Shore, so obviously a lot of people thought I was worthy of the honor," he said. "I don't think the Governor General will be small-minded enough to take any notice of these whiners and whingers." Philip Kinsman, a Rideau Hall spokesman, said the protest is complicated by Cook's death. "The appeal should go to the person who made the recommendation but he's unfortunately no longer with us," he said.
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