Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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Prime Minister Should Demand Hedy Fry's Head

March 22, 2001
Ottawa - Hedy Fry, the Minister for Multiculturalism should be stripped of her portfolio for the outrageous accusations she made in the House of Commons yesterday. Her comments are not an isolated instance of intolerance on her part.


  • In Question Period yesterday, Hedy Fry said: "We only have to look around the world today at Kosovo, at Macedonia, at Northern Ireland to know that people are still discriminated against in the world because of their race, their religion and their culture We do not have to go too far. We can just go to British Columbia where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak." (Hansard, Mar 21)
  • After Canadian Alliance MP Dick Harris objected to the remarks in a Point of Order, Ms. Fry refused to retract her remarks. She said: "In British Columbia there have been incidents of hate crime, including cross burnings. I know this because I was contacted immediately that these incidents occurred by the mayor of Prince George….The community was duly concerned and duly appalled at the incident. (Hansard Mar 21)
  • In a scrum yesterday, the following exchange took place :
    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: "Were they burning crosses like Ku Klux Klan?"
    HEDY FRY: "Yes."
    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: "Whose lawns?"
    HEDY FRY: "I don't know whose lawns exactly, but they were being burned on lawns of people who were visible minorities in that area." (CBC's The National)


  • "I think this is a good community, and I've had no incidents reported to me directly in regards to hate crimes at all." - Staff Sergeant Gerald Lewis, RCMP (CTV News, March 21)
  • "This reference to 'cross burnings' ….is false, or possibly the minister has me confused with another mayor in another city." - Prince George Mayor Colin McKinsley (Vancouver Province, March 22)
  • "I've never heard of a cross-burning here,…I think she's flipped. She is really winging it on this one," - Prince George City Counsellor Bruce Srachan (Vancouver Province, March 22)
  • "…the statement that people are burning crosses in Prince George is simply not true." ….Marlies Greulich, Executive Director, Multicultural Heritage Society of Prince George (email to MP Dick Harris, dated March 21)
  • "I will say as Chairperson of the City of Prince George's Intercultural Committee I have never heard of a cross burning on any lawn in our community," - Murry Krause (email to MP Dick Harris, Mar 21)
  • "The words you so carelessly used…are offensive, and in my honest opinion, constitute a libel or a slander against each and every one of us in Prince George, B.C." - Gordon M. Leighton, Councillor, City of Prince George (letter to Hedy Fry via a copy sent by email to MP Dick Harris)


An apology is not enough. Hedy Fry has shown a repeated carelessness in making unsubstantiated charges of racism and intolerance. She should resign.

  • During the election campaign Hedy Fry smeared every Canadian who takes seriously the creeds of the Christian faith when she said that Stockwell Day claimed that "Jesus Christ is God of the whole universe" and added, "I say that is an insult to every Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, everybody else who believes in other religions." - (National Post, Nov 18, 2000) Representatives from many of these faith groups wrote news releases protesting Hedy Fry's remarks.
  • As a doctor in British Columbia, Hedy Fry bragged about issuing a false drug prescription for one person, knowing it was going to someone else. She was reprimanded by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons for this unethical conduct.


  • Liberal MP Lynn Myers, Parl. Sec. Solicitor General called a Canadian Alliance MP "racist" in the House of Commons, March 16. Then he lied, saying he'd said "rubbish". He finally retracted his original remark.
  • "Their supporters are Holocaust deniers, prominent bigots and racists," - Elinor Caplan, Liberal Immigration Minister (The Toronto Star, Nov. 15)
  • "In an apparent reference to the right-wing policies of the Canadian Alliance, he [Jean Chrétien] told the Liberal International conference that 'we have to keep working' to combat the forces that 'appeal to the dark side that exists in human beings.' " (Toronto Star, Oct. 29, 2000)
  • "The policies of Preston Manning, which appeal to peoples' latent fears…are the same kinds of policies that permit a David Duke of Canada." - Sheila Copps (Vancouver Sun, November 20, 1991)


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Betty Hinton, MP


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