LETTER – Canadians as free to fly the Russian flag as they are Canadian flag

Re: EDITORIAL – Allowing Russian flag at TRU’s International Days an insult

Dear Mr. Rothenburger,

In a free and open society where freedom of expression is enshrined in the Charter, a citizen has every right to fly a Russian flag.

While you and I may find the actions of the Russian state reprehensible, there are often multiple perspectives on matters of life.

A Canadian is just as free to fly a Russian flag as they are to fly a Canadian flag. You may not like one of those choices, and that’s OK. But in Canada, you don’t get to impose your personal moral compass on others.

To restrict one from expressing a view, is exactly the sort of thing Ukrainians are fighting against. Your suggestion is closer to Putin than Zelensky.

You seem to have a proclivity for authoritarian thought, and have a history of suggesting the curtailing the very things that make our country different than many others. That is a dangerous seed as evidenced throughout history.


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3 Comments on LETTER – Canadians as free to fly the Russian flag as they are Canadian flag

  1. Sheila Park // March 16, 2023 at 8:34 PM // Reply

    Dear P. Curtis,
    It was not an individual it was an government funded educational institution. Sadly, currently the Russian flag represents a terrorist government that is absolutely destroying another country.
    Canada has supported Ukraine and the people from there who fled
    here. Flying the Russian flag was a slap in the face to Ukrainians who came to Kamloops. And to the people of Kamloops who have worked diligently to support them.

  2. Sean McGuinness // March 16, 2023 at 10:24 AM // Reply

    One also has the right to protest — by not hoisting the Russian flag.

  3. Seriously? A proclivity for authoritarian thought? Where do you see that?

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