Opponents seek to silence Sawchuk

Mr. Sawchuk has the right to wax eloquently on any political figure or party he wishes to

Opponents seek to silence Sawchuk

The recent series of attacks on Joe Sawchuk regarding his letters to the Citizen and his various opinions regarding society, wages and the current state of politics, reveal a pettiness and spite that is both distressing and ominous. While I do not agree with everything Mr. Sawchuk says, especially concerning minimum wage, I do not think that he should be silent, as some have suggested, or that criticism against him should be dominated by name calling.

He has been repeatedly called a variety of odious names: “constant propagandist”, “arch conservative”, a “ranter” (a term it seems some use to describe anyone who disagrees with them) a man of “howling diatribes” and he has been urged, via the wisdom of that great western philosophic figure of the 20th century, Ann Landers, to “keep his mouth shut.”

David Lowther in his Dec. 21 letter entitled “Just another Conservative hypocrisy” seems more intent than most on attacking Mr. Sawchuk. Mr. Lowther would be well advised to heed his mother’s advice: “If you can’t say something good say nothing.” Certainly, he does not suffer from a lack of vicious ad hominem name calling and invective against either Mr. Sawchuk or any one else who holds a political opinion other than his own. In his Dec. 21 letter, and in many others, he has made clear his vitriolic hatred of conservatives, traditional beliefs and opinions other than his own. We get it. Now might be a good time to construct better arguments with less name calling.

As far as his comments on Mr. Sawchuk’s defence of NDP figures is concerned, Mr. Sawchuk has the right to wax eloquently on any political figure or party he wishes to, in any manner he wishes to, and to contradict himself if he wishes to. That’s his democratic right in a society that purportedly believes in free expression, one of our guaranteed Charter rights, by the way.

Although Dara Quast begins her recent letter entitled “The real effects of raising the minimum wage” by insulting Mr. Sawchuk, calling him a “minimum wage ranter” she at least has the tact in paragraph five to state that she doesn’t wish to be “over critical.” That was probably the best part of the letter. She has her right to speak on the benefits of a legislated minimum wage and he has his right to speak against it. It is what democracy is all about.

I am sure both Lowther and Quast are confident that they can counter Mr. Sawchuk, and if so they should stick to cogent arguments rather than insults. Lowther has failed in this regard. At least Quast tried. In the end it is the editorial staff of the Citizen who decide which letters end up in the print or e-edition of their paper. They have the final say, and have thus far been fair enough to present both points of view on many issues. Let’s hope they don’t succumb to the mob asking to have Mr. Sawchuk shut up.

Perry Foster



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Cowichan Valley School District is holding an online session to discuss the future of Koksilah Elementary School, closed since 2013. (File photo)
What’s the future of the old Koksilah Elementary School?

The district is hoping to collect feedback on options for the future of the school.

Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)
Prominent Lake Cowichan businessman Jim Neiser dead at 63

Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day said the long-time laker will be missed.

The Judy Hill Gallery took home top prize for its window display during the Christmas season from the Downtown Duncan BIA. (Submitted photo)
Business notes: Judy Hill Gallery wins festive window display contest

A look at what’s going on in the Cowichan business community

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Duncan area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Sorting food to deliver to community members isolating due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Back row from left: Philomena Wilson, Sosefina Aleck, Ethan Wilson and Lucetta Wilson. In front is Kennedy Aleck. (Submitted)
“Let’s share a meal even if I can’t sit with you”: Cowichan woman’s food drive helps feed members in isolation

Positive response to missing ceremonies and rising racism benefits dozens of households

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

Police are searching for an alleged sex offender, Nicole Edwards, who they say has not returned to her Vancouver halfway house. (Police handout)
Police hunt for woman charged in ‘horrific’ assault who failed to return to Surrey halfway house

Call 911 immediately if you see alleged sex offender Nicole Edwards, police say

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A screenshot from a local Instagram account video. The account appeared to be frequented by Mission students, and showed violent videos of students assaulting and bullying other students.
Parents, former students describe ‘culture of bullying’ in Mission school district

Nearly two dozen voices come forward speaking of abuse haunting the hallways in Mission, B.C.

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Prince Edward Island’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Almost non-existent’ cold and cough season: P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers

The apparent drop in winter colds across the country seems to have weakened demand for medicine and natural remedies

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Most Read