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Ed Morgan   Letter 06   07-Apr-2004   Why no reply?
Ed Morgan
Ed Morgan
"Silence is symptomatic of being in the wrong and intending to stay in the wrong." Lubomyr Prytulak


07-Apr-2004

Ed Morgan
Chair, Canadian Jewish Congress (Ontario)
Faculty of Law
University of Toronto
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON      M5S 2C5


Ed Morgan:

I understand your silence, and the silence of other Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) representatives, to mean that you are unable to adduce any facts or arguments in opposition to my submissions beginning in early December 2003 which touch on the CJC and on the CJC complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) submissions mailed to you, to the CHRC, to Ontario CJC Executive Director Bernie Farber, to Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, and to Prime Minister Paul Martin.

If you had thought any of these submissions to be inaccurate or unfair, then I would have expected you to inform me at the earliest opportunity, which would have permitted me to immediately publish your reply on my web site, and also to expeditiously weigh it to determine what accommodation to my own position seemed called for.  Adhering to this procedure, any inaccuracy or unfairness on my part could have been immediately corrected or retracted, instead of being allowed to stand, and instead of being encouraged to compound.

This is not a new position which I propose for the first time here.  Rather, it is longstanding Ukrainian Archive (UKAR) policy, of which you have been notified, as for example by receiving a copy of my 22-Dec-2003 letter to CHRC Investigations Director Sherri Helgason which reviews evidence of UKAR's openness to receiving and being swayed by corrective correspondence, and which ends with the statement:

Prytulak has always broadcast a generous readiness to publish opposing and even hostile, and even damaging-to-Ukrainians views, and which readiness also obviously provides a path for redressing grievances, a path which the Canadian Jewish Congress has consistently spurned to tread, and which spurning constitutes a Canadian Jewish Congress failure to meet the test of CHRA § 41(1)(a) above, and which failure constitutes another sufficient ground for dismissal of the Canadian Jewish Congress complaint.

Some response on your part is called for if you feel yourself wronged, then you have an obligation to register your grievance promptly; if you see that you are wronging others, then you have an obligation to stop and to mend your ways.  Silence is symptomatic of being in the wrong and intending to stay in the wrong.

I have no allegiance except to truth, and I am ready to alter or to abandon my position just as soon as its defects are exposed, and if you cannot say the same, then you are not a credit to the people that you claim to represent.

I would very much appreciate your early reply not only to the instant letter, but to my earlier letters, so that I may learn what if any adjustments I may be called upon to make.  For you to remain silent would be to continue to reassure me that error lies predominantly on your side.



Lubomyr Prytulak

cc:

Irving ABELLA, National Honourary President, CJC, Department of History, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3
Bernie FARBER, Executive Director, CJC, 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  M2R 3V2
Mary M GUSELLA, Chief Commissioner, CHRC, 344 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON  K1A 1E1
Moshe RONEN, Chair Board of Governors, CJC, 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  M2R 3V2
Len RUDNER, Director of Community Relations, CJC, 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  M2R 3V2


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