Terrorism Tourism: A Letter in the National Post
by Adam Goodwin | 2015 | Last Updated: August 11, 2015
The National Post
For blog readers who are not aware, the National Post is one of Canada’s major newspapers (along with the Globe and Mail). The newspaper also has a website (nationalpost.com) that posts many articles appearing in the paper addition. Most of the articles and stories tend to take a right-wing stance.
Canada’s Forty Second Election
Canada entered the campaign period for its forty second federal election on August 2, 2015. Canada’s three major politics parties, the Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP, along with Canada’s Green Party, are vying for votes to rule as the next majority party in Canada’s parliamentary system.
Recently, the Conservative Party of Canada, announced that if the party is re-elected during the election, the party will introduce legislation banning Canadians from traveling to certain areas of the world. Specifically, these regions include areas that are “hot spots” for extremist radicalism. There are a few different Canadian news sources that highlight the news:
- August 9, 2015 article in the National Post (click here);
- The Globe and Mail published an article on the announcement on August 9, 2015 (click here); and
- The Toronto Star have an article from August 10, 2015 (click here).
In response to the Conservative’s announcement, I penned a letter to the National Post. Part of this letter was recently published by the newspaper. To read part of the letter see below.
Image of Letter from Website
This is a screenshot (with the URL) of the letter appearing on the National Post‘s website. I, poorly, tried to erase the letters appearing above my letter to help alleviate confusion.
The letter can be accessed by visiting: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/letters-on-harpers-proposed-no-travel-zones-guilty-until-proven-innocent.
Text of the Letter
If you are unable to access the screenshot above or the URL, the text of the published letter is:
The Conservative Party’s announcement it will introduce legislation making travel to certain areas of the world illegal is wrong. I have travelled to places that would be classified as “hot spots” under such a law, regions where army or police do not patrol, travel that would oblige the Canadian Border Services to detain me on my return to Canada.
Such a law takes away from Canadians’ freedom. It instils fear through the use of anti-Islamic policies. It is the ultimate Big Brother government. It also takes away the focus from real issues affecting Canadians during the 42nd election.
This announcement tells people not to explore the world to experience and understand what is happening in other countries. To be told Canadians can only be curious about some of the world’s cultures, languages, politics, and religions is wrong. I do not, have not, nor will I ever support terrorism, terrorists, or extremists. But I will continue to travel and explore the world because the most pressing issue facing Western civilization is not terrorism. It is blissful ignorance.
Adam Goodwin, Windsor, Ont.
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