‘ROSE HENRY CAMPAIGN TEAM’ HAS RUN A RACIST BYELECTION CAMPAIGN IN VICTORIA: CCC Pres. Gregory Hartnell condemns racial emphasis put on Victoria City Council Candidate’s propaganda

On posters found on telephone poles in the streets of Victoria today,

one finds this divisive, provocative and essentially racist idea:

VOTE 

ROSE HENRY

AS VICTORIA’S 1ST 

FIRST NATIONS FOR 

CITY COUNCIL

 

CCC BYELECTION ALERT TO VICTORIA VOTERS IN BYELECTION TODAY

 

CANADIAN, PROVINCIAL AND CIVIC LAW

SHOULD PROHIBIT SUCH OVERT RACIST MATERIAL IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS

SAYS CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION PRESIDENT GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL

 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010: BYELECTION-REFERENDUM

 

“I condemn in no uncertain terms the deplorable apparent racism which is found in print, on posters and online, produced recently by a group called the ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team’, which has conducted an overtly racist propaganda campaign in their support for their preferred Victoria City Council Candidate.

This deplorable phenomenon, unprecedented in its scope in Victoria’s recent history, should be outlawed by all governments, to ensure civility in the Canadian, provincial and civic bodies politic, says historian Gregory Hartnell, President of the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition (CCC).

“Whether the Candidate is a racist or not, Canadian political discourse should not tolerate, encourage or legally allow the printing, internet publication, distribution or broadcast of any overtly racist material”, says Mr. Hartnell.

‘Top Priority’ for Candidate Rose Henry, as published in the November 12, 2010 number of the Victoria News is her desire ‘to be the first Coast Salish woman to preside in City Hall.”

Similarly, in the Victoria Times Colonist edition of Sunday, November 14, 2010, when asked to identify the top three issues for the Candidate in this Byelection, the ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team’ indicated her third priority as being ‘how do we make room for First Nations voices and make the City more livable for everyone.’

I ask my readers to consider for just a moment of their time whether it would be correct for me to seek your vote next year, imploring you to support me as Victoria’s first self-identified ‘male Victoria residential property owner Candidate of Scots-Lancastrian-Belgian-Quebecois ancestry’, a 57 year old man seeking a vacant seat as a Victoria City Councillor, son of a long line of  hardworking and thrifty European Catholic immigrant working class heroes who eventually became property owners in Canada, and trying to make a big deal of such irrelevancies in my personal history, and targeting particular special interest groups and their supporters, to appeal to them on racially exclusive grounds, and to then ask my readers to support me for election to the Council because of those interesting but non-essential things?

You would castigate me for promulgating racist, sexist and classiste propaganda, as well you should.

Rose Henry’s Campaign Team should never have produced such provacative propaganda for her which emphasized her race, her sex or her longstanding poverty.

None of these factors are relevant for citizens to examine when trying to decide whether a Candidate is suitable to be even considered on a short list of  potential Candidates for Victoria City Council.

In this great country called Canada today, any person of any race, sex or economic circumstance, even the homeless, is allowed to stand for office and vote in municipal elections, and this is as it should be.

That fact does not mean we should  elect individuals who emphasize these non-issues for their own ideological reasons.

GOOD REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR ROSE HENRY

There are a number of reasons not to vote for this particular Candidate, none of which have anything to do with her ancestral background, her gender orientation or sex, or her socio-economic challenges.

The first problem is that this Candidate is not yet fully literate.

The second problem is that she is a passionate promoter of so-called ‘harm reduction.’

The last problem, and I say this in complete candour, and in a spirit of realism and Christian charity, is that Rose Henry simply apparently lacks the requisite  intelligence to be able to manage the expensive, detailed and serious responsiblities that come with the job description of Councillor.

Rose is a compassionate, heartfelt advocate for the poor.

There is a role for her in society, but it should not be on the Victoria City Council.

 

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR ROSE HENRY IN THIS BYELECTION

GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL

CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION

 

VOTE NO:

november 20, 2010

DAY OF INFAMY IN VICTORIA HISTORY

WHEN A TRICK QUESTION WAS ASKED OF VICTORIA VOTERS

BY A MACHIAVELLIAN VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL OBSESSED AND

DETERMINED TO MANUFACTURE CONSENT FOR A

EXPENSIVE ENGLISH-DESIGNED FUTURIST IRON-STEEL BRIDGE

TO REPLACE OUR HERITAGE JOSEPH STRAUSS-DESIGNED

BASCULE BRIDGE @ JOHNSON, WHARF, STORE + PANDORA STREETS

NEAR CHINATOWN IN OLDE VICTORIA 

 

JUST VOTE NO 

VOTE SUSAN WOODS

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25 Responses to ‘ROSE HENRY CAMPAIGN TEAM’ HAS RUN A RACIST BYELECTION CAMPAIGN IN VICTORIA: CCC Pres. Gregory Hartnell condemns racial emphasis put on Victoria City Council Candidate’s propaganda

  1. Ingmar Lee says:

    Wow, what an ignorant, simpleton rant this is, -outright slander without a singe reference or example of “racism” on the part of Rose Henry. Clearly, Mr. Hartnell, you’ve got some sort of nefarious cowardly agenda in this election, -and having read your obscene trash talking of Rose Henry, I will not waste my time reading your stupid website ever again…

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting here, Ingmar.

    I am alleging that ‘the Rose Henry Campaign Team’ has produced racist propaganda in her name.

    Whether she is a racist herself, I will leave for others to determine to their satisfaction, but I have heard her speak, I have read a few of her letters here and there, and although she has indeed apparently come a long way in terms of literacy and fluency in the use of the English language, the very fact that she has such a team behind her indicates to my satisfaction that she is effectively still incapable of doing much of her own writing herself.

    That is honestly what I think, Ingmar, and quite frankly, in all candour, many people I know share the same impressions about Rose Henry’s present fluency, reading, literacy and writing abilities, and I will defend my right in a Canadian court to state it, because the original article we are commenting on here was produced in the middle of an election campaign and I believe that the Charter protections for free speech are enhanced during such election periods.

    Ingmar Lee, you are an intelligent man.

    Why not have the Team be forthright and honest, admit a mistake was made in remaining anonymous, wish Rose well and dismiss the ‘Team’, and Rose will then thereby benefit by increased opportunities to speak in her real voice, and not have that of an anonymous so-called Campaign Team speaking for her for some strange reason?

    Why do you bother trying to perpetrate this fraud on Victoria voters?

    Ingmar Lee, are you, in fact, the man most responsible for Rose Henry’s propaganda, under the fictive rubric ‘the Rose Henry Campaign Team’, I wonder?

    You know full well that Rose would not be able to do the job she is auditioning for.

    Would the ‘Campaign Team’ have to help her out by setting up a camp in her office at City Hall, I wonder?

    You are always welcome to read and comment here often, Ingmar Lee, by the way!

    I have the pamphlet apparently produced by ‘the Rose Henry Campaign Team’ before me now, and it is almost all in the third person, it is clearly the work of a committee of fellow travellers in radical socialist rhetoric and is, without a doubt, racist to the core, in my humble opinion:

    ‘A letter from Rose Henry Campaign Team

    ‘On November 20th, a vote for Rose will be a vote for social justice and an effective way to challenge the barriers of race, class and gender privilege that typically prevail in political decision-making.

    ‘Local social activist, Rose Henry, has entered her third campaign to break the cultural barrier at City Hall by becoming the first aboriginal person on council.

    ‘She is herself a survivor of a racist colonial system and the foster care system, facing the multiple barriers of being a First Nations woman who has lived in poverty her whole life and who has the great strength of being able to authentically represent the reality, issues and needs of a whole segment of the population whose voices are systematically excluded and ignored in the realms of political power, privilege and decision-making.’

    The pamphlet uses Hopi medicine wheels and I believe these circular symbols were also found on some of her hand-made signage.

    I believe she is from a village around Nanaimo, but if she is Hopi or Navajo, I am not sure.

    As a political artist interested in symbolism, I am intrigued by the use of this particular Hopi or Navajo medicine wheel symbol on Rose Henry’s pamphlet, and wonder about the reason for this.

    But in any event, I think the above quotes are quite telling, and give a flavour of the classic socialistic class-conscious, race-conscious, chauvinistic, racially-charged language typical of this ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team,’ and I seriously suggest that you people need to get a grip on reality, which is that Rose is not yet ready for public office, and not likely ever to be.

    By the way, this GPMH-CCC blogsite which bears my full name and for which I am solely responsible is protected from anticipated attacks with reference to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and I sincerely suggest that the Rose Henry Campaign Team avail itself of the Charter’s liberties, and let Rose speak for herself.

    The above quotes from her pamphlet are clearly not the real voice of Rose Henry at all, and you all know it.

    I know what she sounds like.

    She needs to go to get help to pursue a post-secondary education, if I may say so, like most middle class Canadian people looking to work in government have to do, get a degree for another four or five years or so, and then come back when she has her act together.

    At the moment, people like this so-called ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team’ were apparently using her image for their own ideological purposes, and it is a very carefully contrived Shepard Fairey – Cuban revolutionary graphic design-influenced, a Che Guevara type of poster style this group of activists have produced, and I commend them on the original graphic sign images they have produced.

    They have been truly horrifying in all their scary anarchistic black and blood red anger, with Rose Henry’s face in black, high contrast against blood revolutionary red, on the vertical panel near the rail overpass near west of Johnson Street Bridge on Esquimalt Road… that is a true instant classic!

    STEAL THAT ROSE HENRY SIGN, I CAN JUST IMAGINE ABBY HOFFMAN SAYING…

    Peace

    Gregory Hartnell

    • 73Rocket says:

      Gregory. you are picking at straws here, and your comments in my white, middle-class, suburbial white Canadian opinion your comments have no place here!! What is your point:? You are just perpetrating the ignorance that Rose talks about coming from where she has. Please educate your self with an open-mind towards all of our histories as human beings. You totally miss the point while perpetuating the public’s fear and hate of things they don’t understand. Grow up sir. You sound in my opinion like you need the kind of education Rose and her people had. Your comments are insulting and ignorant. Richard Clemens.

      P.S. Rose would have brought a little balance to the council and she has worked tirelessly sir, so I have some advice for you sir! Think before you sit down and write because you insult me too, not just Rose. Would you care to have a cup of coffee with me with at “Our Place.” ?

      Your comments are the exact problem with Victoria city council and beyond. Grow up sir!!

    • 73Rocket says:

      Who the Hell are you to talk to my friend like that sir!! I demand that you have respect for my friend Rose and you will apologize. Let’s me and you have a little talk huh? Be a man sir!! Your comments disgust me and just mirror the council’s fear of the unknown. Grow up sir!! I am want to talk to you. My e-mail address is clemens-richard@hotmail.com. I will be dressed in blood red and black death sir!! What crap!!

      • 73Rocket says:

        I hope the public and media are reading and are aware of the mentality of people who hold influence and power in our community who almost obsessively point fingers at people that are crying out for help, tirelessly. I love you Rose. Resistance2010WITH lovexoxo take care of each other out there this winter. People like Gregory are out there spewing their hate from their golden beds. . .so pathetic and typical. . .

    • 73Rocket says:

      I am still waiting to hear from you . . .

    • Challenging you Directly says:

      Can I just say Greg that you are perhaps one of the most outwardly racist people I have ever heard. Firstly, please stop promoting hatred both towards first nations people and secondly saying such stupid things that make me hate you. Secondly, please do some anti-oppressive workshops immediately, this is a good website to start with: http://www.rantcollective.net/article.php?list=type&type=17. Thirdly, I want you to know that having beliefs like the ones you have expressed on this webpage ARE NOT OKAY TO HAVE. THEY ARE WRONG. THEY ARE ARCHAIC. THEY ARE RACIST. THEY ARE INCREDIBLY IGNORANT! You need to seriously challenge your own priviledge as a white man who’s family has become successful by exploiting, abusing and infringing on the lives, culture and land of other people. If you cannot challenge and change your views then there is no hope in the world because blind assholes like you will continue to grasp for power and manipulate the world for your benefit. I’m sorry if this is hard for you to hear but it is true and it was very hard for me to hear what you wrote above. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!

  3. Joseph Boutilier says:

    Gregory, you have reached a new low with this insane, ridiculous assertion. The point is, Rose Henry is not a white male from “a long line of hardworking and thrifty…immigrant working class heroes” – I’m pretty sure we already have a lot of those on council. Granted, yes, they’re all from different backgrounds and we can’t and should not necessarily have a representative from each religious/collonist group but it is a sad fact that first nations are perhaps the most under-represented minority in mainstream politics, and it’s a noble and valid goal for Rose Henry and her campaign team to work towards bridging this gap on our own council.

  4. I agree with Ingmar. This is just idiocy. Reminds me of white racist propaganda in the US that talking about the oppression of and Victoria should, indeed, have a rep from the First Nations people on Council, rather than a bigot such as yourself. (Another dead give-away is your making out like Rose’s socialist support is a bad thing – typical right wing think.) I hope you lose!

  5. Just reading your attempt to rebut Ingmar, I realize you are also prejudiced against anarchism as well. It would help if you knew something about it rather than mass media propaganda. I am probably wasting my time with you but here are two sources:

    http://martlet.ca/martlet/article/anarchy-society/

    http://www.archive.org/details/UnboughtAndUnbossed196Nov102010

    Also looks like part of my previous comment got deleted. Should read “Reminds me of white racist propaganda in the US that talking about the oppression of Black People and support for affirmative action is racism. Indeed it would be good to have a First Nations rep on council, rather than a bigot like yourself.”

  6. Adam Carmichael says:

    Hi, my name is Adam Carmichael. As someone who has spent a great deal of time in post-secondary institutions, I find your suggestion that Rose should obtain a degree before participating in politics highly offensive. It is not Rose’s claim that we live in white dominated society that is racist, it is your assumption that university is a prerequisite for democratic participation that is racist. If you want to claim that saying there are race/class/gender barriers in our society is racist because we have achieved total equality in our society, then go ahead…you will however look completely ignorant.

  7. shaun woods says:

    Rose Henry, Hartnell and his ilk are typical of the ignorant, insensitive, arrogant mind set you will find in politics. Don’t let his social conservative bias and hatred, his attempt to undermine your self confidence, his bullying and hot air, intimidate you.

    After all, its primarily hardworking, Christian, educated, privileged buffoons of European ancestry, like him, who are in power and manage the institutions of domination, and therefore are responsible for the social reality that make daily living such a miserable experience for so many.

    I do wonder at an anarchist becoming a politician. The fact is no one can represent my interests unless i delegate them personally to do so. And is it possible to create reforms from above and not thereby give legitimacy to the very institutions that dominate our lives? Some thoughts you might want to consider. However, as a life long anarchist myself, i also wouldn’t make a big deal out of you, as an anarchist, running for city council, if that is what your heart and mind advocate.

  8. John Newcomb says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with Rose Henry’s posters saying she would be “first first nations” woman on Victoria City Council. Thats just a fact – and would be an asset for Victoria City Council to have somebody like Rose able to bring her experience to the post.

    Your long-winded effort with so much invective to put her down without specifically pointing out shortcomings in her platform do make you sound like a racist.

    Start over again by offering apology to Henry and getting back to debating platforms – not mucking about with silly rants on race, literacy, anonymous teams, etc, etc

  9. tim smith says:

    Mr. Hartnell, your recent public characterization of Rose for aspiring to be a member of city council and for being committed to the goal of an inclusive community is a hateful charge.

    I also contest your undemocratic view that community members have no role in local politics and should only work in the arena of social services. Your advocacy of excluding community people from citizenship, politics and local government is the real prejudice here. And you are wrong to say that certain kinds of people from the community, such as Rose, should not hold office. It is particularly inappropriate for you to assign her or anyone else a proper role in society, and to exclude them from the roles they aspire too.

    While Rose campaigned on many issues including aspirations to address citizens’ concerns on homelessness and poverty, I disagree with your position that First Nations, women and low-income individuals seeking office cannot and should not raise the lack of representation amongst different constituencies of Victoria as a campaign issue if they so aspire to. Rose’s efforts to serve the City of Victoria may not fit your outdated 19th century view of citizenship in which marginalized people are not accepted as intelligent enough to hold office. Rose’s aspiration for a seat on council does fit the spirit of community-building and social justice that challenged and continues to challenge such sad, unfortunate and outdated exclusions. I hope a day will come when you, Mr. Hartnell, will come to see the prejudice of your own words before accusing Rose and others of racism”

    Tim Smith, Victoria B.C.

  10. Al Reford says:

    Aloha Gregory,
    I was sad to read your Blog post. I am happy that you come forward and express your opposition to Rose Henry’s political positions. Healthy respectful debate among those who disagree politically is expected.
    You may not remember me from the Clayoqout days or your own attempts at election to council.
    I am surprised to read some of your statements. MINE WITH BE BOLD TO MAKE IT EASIER TO READ
    I will respectfully comment on the ones I have issue with.
    You stated to Igmar “You know full well that Rose would not be able to do the job she is auditioning for.”
    I am sorry Gregory this statement appears to be a subjective judgement on your part. Given that it is a political office all Rose would need to do is represent the voters that elected her and advocate on behalf the people she choses to represent. Rose is quite capable of doing that in her own unique way. You may not like it, you may not like the policies she advocates or supports. Many people disagree with your assertion that Rose will not be able to be Councillor. nor do you offer any evidence.
    You stated “She needs to go to get help to pursue a post-secondary education, if I may say so, like most middle class Canadian people looking to work in government have to do, get a degree for another four or five years or so, and then come back when she has her act together.”
    I am very surprised to read this statement Gregory. Your judgement of what Rose need to do is very insulting. There is no requirement in our less than stellar democracy that anyone standing for office must get a post secondary education or even be middle class. In fact one of the problems is most of our elected officials, and the civil service bureaucracy are filled exclusively from those with Post Secondary education. Why do you applaud this is beyond me.
    Rose has every right to be on Council. You believe she must be articulate within some narrow boundaries which you define. Do you really believe this is fair? Do you really want to exclude those without Degrees and post secondary education. Can you not see how elitist and undemocratic that is.
    Communist excluding Christians,Christians excluding Communists, School Educated excluding non-School Educated, non-School Educated excluding School Educated.
    In a democracy this spells disaster. Can you not see this? Perhaps a careful rereading of Orwell’s Animal farm might get you to rethink this statement.
    That you makes such statements during the era of Gordon Campbell’s political implosion is very ironic for me. He is the perfectly educated man.
    Are you really happy with the results.
    You also seem to have missed Rose came in fourth, doing almost all the leafleting and legwork herself with some help from a few of us. ALL the THREE Candidates above her had political backing from MAJOR political organizations allied to provincial and federal parties. Rose did very well again these well financed organization. I applaud Rose for this. i am very surprise that you chose not to.
    You stated “At the moment, people like this so-called ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team’ were apparently using her image for their own ideological purposes, and it is a very carefully contrived Shepard Fairey – Cuban revolutionary graphic design-influenced, a Che Guevara type of poster style this group of activists have produced, and I commend them on the original graphic sign images they have produced.
    They have been truly horrifying in all their scary anarchistic black and blood red anger, with Rose Henry’s face in black, high contrast against blood revolutionary red, on the vertical panel near the rail overpass near west of Johnson Street Bridge on Esquimalt Road… that is a true instant classic!”
    As one of a small number of people who help her on her campaign, I erected many of these signs all over the city. You criticism of the signs is hilarious to me. Given that the signs came in many colours from white red yellow etc for background with pink blue green read black etc use in the spray painting of the stencil of a SMILING Rose Henry… These signs including the red ones did not convey ANGER. If you have true intellectual vigor for the TRUTH you will consider withdrawing this statement. If you saw the picture it came from. You would see your assertions above are false.
    Political is all about Ideology and Propaganda. That you want to restrict the rights of others to have and express their is puzzling to me. Would you like yours suppressed too?
    By the way are you also commending me for the placement of the sign?

    Gregory you stated “The pamphlet uses Hopi medicine wheels and I believe these circular symbols were also found on some of her hand-made signage.
    I believe she is from a village around Nanaimo, but if she is Hopi or Navajo, I am not sure.
    As a political artist interested in symbolism, I am intrigued by the use of this particular Hopi or Navajo medicine wheel symbol on Rose Henry’s pamphlet, and wonder about the reason for this.”
    I think after you have rethought your statements you might want to respectfully ask Rose why she chose to use this symbol. Can you escape your own predetermined answer for this and untrue allegations to actually seek the Truth. I am not saying you have to like it, just actually seek it.
    You stated “But in any event, I think the above quotes are quite telling, and give a flavour of the classic socialistic class-conscious, race-conscious, chauvinistic, racially-charged language typical of this ‘Rose Henry Campaign Team,’ and I seriously suggest that you people need to get a grip on reality, which is that Rose is not yet ready for public office, and not likely ever to be.”
    AND here is one of the quotes
    ‘She is herself a survivor of a racist colonial system and the foster care system, facing the multiple barriers of being a First Nations woman who has lived in poverty her whole life and who has the great strength of being able to authentically represent the reality, issues and needs of a whole segment of the population whose voices are systematically excluded and ignored in the realms of political power, privilege and decision-making.’
    Here I scratch my head in puzzlement. Do you know anything of Rose personal history or the sad History in this Province of the way Aboriginal children were treated including the time period in which Rose grew up in?
    Are you seriously unaware of the racism that existed in the Social service system in which children were apprehended (often illegally) as late as the 1970s in a systematic way.
    I am glad that Rose is strong and raises these issues and has triumphed over them. For you to suggest that she be silent about these acts and injustices and that somehow she is being racist in suggesting it is time to elect a person of First Nations descent. Not accurate in my opinion.
    Also to suggest that you have PROVED that Rose is not “ready’ for political office is surprising to me beyond belief.
    I trust that upon reflection you will see that your statements are built on an elitist excluding viewpoint that is not justified.
    You can be opposed to Rose’s or mine or Igmar’s political beliefs and aspirations without promoting or supporting an undemocratic elitist political system. You are opposed to Harm reduction GREAT ..we can agree to Disagreed. You are opposed to affirmative action GREAT ..we can agree to Disagreed. You are opposed to my political beliefs GREAT ..we can agree to Disagreed.
    I am sad though that you chose to attack Rose’s character, her intelligence, her education and life experience. If it was deliberate then it is really bad.
    Your choice as always. The question I leave you with is: Did you make some mistakes, launch personal hurtful attacks and overused hyperbole statements to express your opposition to a particular candidate,namely Rose Henry?
    Do you want to reconsider?
    Do you want to debate?
    Let me know
    Aloha
    Al Reford

  11. Vickky Angstrom says:

    Whatever else this man is, he is not a Christian.

  12. Carl Johnson says:

    Gregory, I believe that you’ve caused your reputation incredible harm in the progressive civic community. I urge you to retract your commentary and apologise personally to Rose Henry. It is so bigoted and vile that I can only believe that your “christian” soul has been absconded by some evil spirit.
    I am particulary amused and yet befuddled by your attack on Rose using the four direction mandala as somehow exclusively Hopi. My understand is that it is a universal symbol for indigenous peoples spirituality across north america. Ironically this symbol was spread by catholic missionaries (Jesuits) in a universalising tradition across the continent to bridge native and catholic spiritual beliefs (e.g. Great Spirit). The four colours represent the four races, a tradition also shared by the ancient egyptians (egyptians believed themselves to be “red”).

  13. emily says:

    gregory hartnell, your rant is nothing more than racist, ignorant hate.

    your are clearly threatened by rose’s campaign because it destabilizes your conceptions of “politics” and threatens the privilege you have.

    i hope that you never get into office- now that would be a scary prospect.

  14. Toby Rollo says:

    The sad irony of this all is startling. First, Hartnell demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of racism, raising the question as to whether Hartnell himself should seek some post-secondary education of the sort that would prevent him from embarrassing himself on such issues. Of course, as Adam Carmichael has shown above, you don’t need a post-secondary education to recognize what cries of racism from this particular corner are intended to accomplish. The pointing to the style of a campaign poster offers another clue as to the level of thought put into Hartnell’s “critique”. This all leads us to question whether Hartnell has the experience, historical sensibility, and intellectual capacity to comment on social issues at all, ironically enough.

    • Michelle Simpson says:

      Indeed! I would add that when Mr Hartnell so proudly identified himself as the son of a long line of property-owning “heroes” he forgot to mention that settler Canadians took that land from the first peoples who were here first.

  15. Graham says:

    This post deserves a reply in fitting with the way it’s written; Greg, what the hell is wrong with you?

  16. Michelle Simpson says:

    Mr Hartnell,
    I am so incensed by your blog post my blood runs cold. I cannot, at the moment, form a proper response due to being so taken aback.
    Your position is wrong in so many ways, it will take me a while to unpack it properly.
    Disrespectfully,
    Michelle Simpson
    A white settler Canadian, working on my second degree, and proud supporter of Rose Henry, who I hope is one day the first Coast Salish woman in Victoria city council.

  17. Geneva says:

    I agreee with all the above comments, which have saved me the trouble of writing them myself. We expected better from you, Greg! (Trashing Marianne Alto for her Lesbian relationship was equally uncool.) If Rose Henry is ever elected, she might well be the most eloquent speaker in BC politics – not that she’d have a lot of competition in that arena, unless we had David on the same council!

  18. Carlos Flores Sr. says:

    Dear Sir:

    I’ve read your recent offensive letter directed to my friend Rose Henry.

    Your poisonous words are not a rebuke to her political platform, but a personal attack about her intelligence, her ancestry and her literacy skills. I’m dismay at your elitist, disrespectful and personal attacks to Rose. However, I should not be surprised since the same attitudes are a constant paradigm found in the physical and cultural annihilation of First Nation peoples in Canada.

    Rose is not a racist, but the survivor of a racist, violent, excluding and class-based society that imposed its will by the barrel of the gun, outright theft or religion.

    Sir, Rose Henry is the most qualified, honest, respected, humble and dignified person I’ve ever known to run for office: she is not a fake, she is REAL.

    Your personal attacks only make you smaller in the eyes of the general public who recoils in disgust when confronted with comments like yours.
    Rose speaks from the heart and is a real person, advocating for real issues.

    Rose is a proud First Nation person and I feel privileged to be her friend and comrade.

    I could certainly continue expounding on the content of you vitriolic and farcical blog, but I do not want to extend any further credit to your vacuous and offensive ranting. I see you as a belligerent and a tendentious little man looking for a tribune to spit his social inadequacies on.
    Do us a favour and pick a real issue, even a greater one: GO AWAY

    In conclusion, I must agree with you when you say:

    “BUT I ADMIT THAT I SOMETIMES GET A BIT WILD IN MY ENTHUSIASMS, A BIT ROUGH, A BIT RUDE, LACKING IN PRUDENCE AND SOMETHING ELSE THAT I ACTUALLY VALUE VERY MUCH AND THAT IS ‘COMMON SENSE”
    Letter from Mr. Hartnell to Susan Wood

    Respectfully,

    Carlos F.
    Saanich

  19. Jen Skin says:

    Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell,

    I am pleased you have provided me with such a prime example of why people like Rose are so needed in our community. I have been working with colleagues on issues of colonization and its effects and you have just given me material that they will understand (in black and white no less!!). You have so perfectly displayed a complete disregard for Indigenous issues and broadcasted your ignorance. Thank you. This will be perfect for an exercise.

    Next steps:
    1) Look up the definition of “racism”- there are more than enough literary sources you can find at our local university.
    2) Once you realize that your arguement is completely ridiculous, APOLOGIZE. Some crow pie never killed anyone.

    My hope is that you continue your journey on this planet with an open heart and mind.

    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

    In love and light, Jen

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