George Pataki . . . Governor New York State
Dear Governor Pataki:
I am aware that you will soon be hosting Quebec’s Separatist Premier, Bernard Landry at the site of Ground Zero, where the victims of the horror perpetrated upon the American people, and indeed upon the entire Free World on September 11, 2001, will once again be visited.
Like so many of my countrymen, I am a Canadian with a great many ties to the United States of America. And knowing that Bernard Landry will be standing at your side at Ground Zero is more troubling than somewhat.
On Sunday, November 18, 2001, Quebec Separatist leader Bernard Landry gave justification to the slaughter of the people at the Twin Towers Complex, at the Pentagon and on the FOUR crashed American Passenger flights.
At his Parti Québécois Separatist convention, which concluded on Sunday, November 18, 2001, Bernard Landry justified the act of terror, specifically mentioning and comparing 9/11 as an act from desperate people (presumably Quebecers who can not win political Sovereignty.
This is the same man who threatened the entire English speaking community of Quebec in 1996: that if they took advantage of a law that allowed just a modicum of English to be used in public places, that he would change the law.
Bernard Landry verbally attacked a young female front desk clerk of Spanish heritage at the Montreal Intercontinental Hotel on the evening of October 30, 1995; after his Separatist party lost the referendum to separate Quebec from Canada.
The Spanish girl’s crime, was that she was Spanish and not Québécoise. Former PQ Separatist Premier, Jacques Parizeau felt that Ethnics and money were the cause of their ethnocentric Separatist loss.
I don’t recall ever hearing Landry dispute that racist claim.
Not that long ago, just after inheriting the Premier’s position, Bernard Landry referred to Canada’s flag as a “red rag”. This being the flag that has offered so much to the world. And is so loyal to our mutual North American friendship.
To have Bernard Landry stand at Ground Zero would be as disrespectful to the memory of the victims and the reason why they died, as any that I can think of. The Souls of 9/11 deserve so much better.
A Newspaper article was published in Canada’s National Post on November 19, 2001 which tells the tale. I am certain you can find it in their archives.
Also: This letter, as you read it will be sent to several thousand people on my E-Mail directory. As it will also be sent to all US major newspapers and New York City, and New York State media, including: radio, television and print. Along with a forward to Mayor Giuliani.
To give you a better idea of who I am. I own the Promar Media Group which is Canada’s single largest Hospitality Promotion company. We do a considerable business with more than 350 radio stations and newspapers in Canada and the USA. Specifically in your beautiful State of New York; including major markets such as: Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo.
The Saturday following 9/11, I was invited to speak on WHAM Radio in Rochester as a Canadian who was touched by the pain felt by a best friend.
By noon on 9/11, our Canadian flag was flown at half mast. By noon the next day, our flag pole was honored by the presence of the Stars and Stripes.
And on the Friday evening following 9/11, my family and friends came to our home for a Jewish Sabbath ceremony. Christian friends included. And together we lit a torch at our flag pole in memory of the 9/11 victims of terrorism.
My 23 year old niece worked as an assistant manager at the Marriott World Trade Center. She is fine. But it could have been much different.
To have Bernard Landry share a photo-op with you at the Site of this horrendous crime is almost criminal in itself.
I hope you will do the right thing and un-invite this man.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov