Musings —09.22.2011 05:02 PM—
Statement by Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association President Fred LeBlanc
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – Today I became aware of the following comments made by Ontario NDP candidate Anthony Marco about Ontario fire fighters.
As a 26 year professional fire fighter and President of the over 11,000 professional fire fighters across Ontario, I am deeply insulted by this quote and ideology. Our members put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and the citizens of Ontario, including Mr. Marco.
Far too many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. On October 2nd, 24 more names will be added to the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Queens Park.
Doctors, fire fighters, and police officers, are everyday heroes and I am not ashamed to say it.
I am shocked that this type of rhetoric is coming from a candidate and I hope that this is not a shared view within the New Democratic Party.
Anthony Marco, NDP Candidate, lovehatethings.com, November 2010:
“There are a lot of very honourable, very righteous, very heroic people who die on a daily basis for what they believe in. And I think we throw the term ‘hero’ around a little bit too loosely these days. I think we need to really tie it a lot more to a belief system, as opposed to a job. I’m tired of hearing, and no offense to doctors or firefighters or policemen, but automatically calling occupations as heroic, I’m tired of hearing about that. Doing your job isn’t necessarily heroic, there can be heroic elements in there. There can be, but there doesn’t have to be. You don’t automatically become a hero just because you put on a uniform of some sort or have a title before or after your name.”
Police Personnel Insulted by Candidate’s Comments
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – As thousands of police personnel members of Ontario’s Police Services travel toOttawa to participate in the Canadian Police Memorial, honouring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens, we are deeply troubled at the remarks of Anthony Marco, NDP candidate.
Police officers face life and death issues every single day. In each and every duty, however routine, police duties are fraught with peril. Officer Garrett Styles of York Region, one of those we honour Sunday in Ottawa, is the most recent Ontario example.
Firefighters have been similarly dismissed by Mr. Marco, as have doctors who face different challenges, but are no less brave. This lack of understanding is beyond us.
Our membership is insulted at the continued inclusion of Anthony Marco on the NDP ticket.