Claire Wählen (iPolitics):
The Conservative riding official who was fired Tuesday for inflammatory, racist comments about First Nations and refugees has responded, and she isn’t the least bit remorseful.
Sue MacDonell was on the board of directors for the Bay of Quinte Conservative riding association, a position she vacated after the Association “required and accepted her resignation effective immediately”.
She has since responded on Facebook with a diatribe coming in at just under 700 words.
“I am not going to apologize for any comment I have made here and none of my remarks have targeted any particular community — the only people I target are ones who bully, lie, and take advantage of Canadian generosity,” said MacDonell.
“I will continue to express my constitutional right to free speech and expose bullies, hypocrites and liars. And I couldn’t care less if they’re purple.”
Her statement went on to justify her comments regarding First Nations in Canada, including one in December, 2013 where she said “That’s right, throw some more money at the Indians…because it’s worked so well up until now, right?”
She also posted comments about the recently crowned Mrs. Universe Ashley Burnham, a Cree woman and the first First Nation woman to win the title. “Ewww….what a nasty piece of work this one is,” stated MacDonell’s Facebook post. In the comments, she also described Burnham as “a smug, entitled liberal pet.”
“I have been accused of being a ‘racist’ because I have leveled criticism at Indians who prop up a broken reserve system,” said MacDonell in her statement, which can be viewed in its entirety here.
“I haven’t a racist bone in my body. Any comments I made regarding Indians are due to my deep concern for anyone who is dependent upon a welfare system… The welfare system for Indians is broken and has caused incredible poverty and crippled many in the Indian community. That is a fact. The poverty, the squalor, the drug addiction, suicide, etc. continues and that is also a fact. When one is dependent on handouts and special treatment, one cannot have self-respect.”
“I also listed ways that Indians could become successful by assimilating into mainstream society. Because it is the only way. If not, I would love to know another one. But many persist in lashing out and harping on historical grievances. I would love one of them to explain to me how on earth that is going to change their communities for the better. Answer — it cannot. They’re only hurting themselves.”