Heath regrets of his speech that is protested by Turkish Community
Deputy Mayor of Markham Mr. Jack Heath told
that he received a book from Turkey's Ambassador to Canada and he
stated that he threw this book into recycle stating that he wouldn't
be interested in reading fiction books.
TORONTO (Bizim Anadolu) - M. Jack Heath, Markham Deputy Mayor,
has recently been subject to intense criticizing by Turkish Canadians
due to his comments broadcasted on a TV program named Nor Hai Horizon
on Apr 26, 2008.
his speech Mr. Heath made certain statements that were insulting
to Turkey's Ambassador to Canada, Turkish Community and their ancestors.
Upon the outrage these comments created hundreds of protest letters
were sent to Mr. Heath causing him to eventually apologize within
a week time following the incident.
politicians were also reported to be present in the same event where
the comments they made were so far reaching as to get involved with
Turkey's internal affairs and criticizing Turkish Government for
denial of so-called "Armenian Genocide".
Secretary to Prime Minister Jason Kenney, Leader of Progressive
- Conservative Party of Ontario John Torry, Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt
Jim Karygiannis, Minister of Labor, Ontario Brad Duguid, Markham
Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, MPP, Beaches-East York Michael Prue, Toronto
City Councilor for Ward 33 - Don Valley East Shelley Carroll also
participated to the meeting and gave speech.
of Markham Mr. Jack Heath's attitude and the words he used were
the main sources of discontent and outrage among the Turkish Canadians
so much so to cause hundreds of protest letters to be sent to him
asking for an apology. In his speech Mr. Heath mentioned about his
promise to get so-called Armenian "genocide" to be recognized
in Markham City and confirmed that he kept his promise making it
legislation in October 2007. Furthermore Mr. Heath confirmed that
after a week's time following the legislation he received a letter
from Turkey's Ambassador to Canada including a book with information
relating to that part of the history. To the surprise of many Turkish
Canadians Mr. Heath stated that he threw this book into recycle
stating that he wouldn't be interested in reading fiction books.
the public indicated the discontent of Turkish Canadians were mainly
focusing on the fact that an elected official with a mandate to
serve his community was specifically discriminating one community
to look nice to another one was using a public TV for this purpose.
It has been
reported that Mr. Heath later sent apology letters and called certain
individuals from Turkish community. In his letter Mr. Heath showed
a level of remorse and acknowledged that he should have worded his
speech more appropriately. Furthermore he also stated he should
not have mentioned that he threw the book from Turkish Ambassador.
Finally Mr. Heath confirmed that he was able to locate the book
and he wouldn't throw it into garbage.
On the flip
side of the coin Markham town councilor John Webster, in his letter
to some Turkish Canadians, confirmed his disturbance on the matter
and stated that elected officials should not have got involved in
such actions using the name of the town of Markham adding that these
people do really not reflect the view of Markham's public.
Landon, Regional Councilor of Markham, reaffirmed that Jack Heath
has made this speech only on his own and asked to have his name
be removed from the protest letters. Furthermore Mr. Landon did
ask for another copy of the book stating him being an open minded
person and would like to read more about the Turkish side of the
story. A book has now been sent to his name.