My thoughts on Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner getting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals in today’s Ottawa Citizen:
At the end of the day, it appears Canada has no trouble honouring criminals. The name of Henry Morgentaler will be known to most as the doctor who performed illegal abortions and served several months in jail in the mid-1970s. He was received into the Order of Canada in October 2008.
Perhaps it’s Canada’s dedication to equality that now leads to two abortion protesters receiving a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Perhaps it’s recognition that the decades-old injunctions are anachronistic and serve only to curtail Canadians’ freedom of speech and movement for the dubious principle of not offending someone’s sensibilities.