LETTER OF THE WEEK (August 22) : MP Weston’s message to the people of Iran
August 22, 2012
This is a condolence and this is a lament.
This is a condolence for the persons who mourn those who perished in the earthquake in Iran. Many people in Canada who are of Iranian background have moved here recently and are in close touch with the victims and with those who mourn. On behalf of all Canadians, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird expressed his heartfelt sorrow to the “resilient people of Iran”.
I join with him in aspiring for recovery by the afflicted communities.
This is a lament because we as Canadians cannot respond to the tragedy in the manner that we would if relations between our governments were friendlier. After its earthquake, we sent to Haiti thousands of troops to maintain the peace and, among other things, to rebuild an airport, and otherwise to bring recovery and relief.
I am confident that Canadians are scrambling in our typical fashion, innovating to find resourceful and generous ways to help the stricken people of Iran.
Meanwhile may you join me in longing for the day of peace and friendship when, no matter where the need arises, the people of Iran and Canada may work together more readily for our mutual welfare.
John Weston, M.P., West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country Government Liaison to the Persian and Iranian Community