Monday, May 30, 2005

A Scandal that pales Gomery Goes all but Forgotten

Pardon my outrage here, but I get upset that a human life is apparently worth about $1. A court in Hamilton accepted a plea agreement that will have the Canadian Red Cross pay $5000 fine in exchange for pleading guilty to the charge of "distributing and adulterated drug."

What drug you may ask? Contaminated blood and blood products. The Canadian Red Cross will pay a mere $5000 for its role in infecting at least 2000 Canadians with HIV and 10,000 with Hepatitis C. At least 3000 people have died (as of 1997, when the stopped counting). More thousands and their families have been devastated by this.

Yet it took 8 years for ALL victims to receive compensation, even though that is what Justice Krever reccommended in 1997. And the Red Cross will pay $5000.

For killing more than 3000 people and condemning another 9000.

That's 3000 more than were killed by the Spnsorship scandal.

That's about the same number as were killed September 11, 2001.

Think about that next time you get worked up about the "corrupt" Liberals and how devastating the Spnsorship scandal is for Canada. Think about that when you wish to argue how "immoral" Same Sex Marriage is.

Get some perspective.


At 2:13 PM, Blogger ricky said...

It is a crime that this has come to a slap on the wrist.

I would go one step further and suggest the Liberal Government response to HIV/AIDS has been terrible from the beginning.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Yeah Rick, I agree. It amazes me to no end that people who rage against things that have not caused or will not cause harm to anyone simply overlook the death and dying of 12000 Canadian.

I guess it isn't a "moral" enough cause.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Janie For Mayor said...

It's simple - this scandal doesn't advance anyone's political agenda. Hence, it is forgotten, which is a real national disgrace. Thanks for highlighting this, Mike.


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