Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary for Similkameen asked aloud questions and wonders why people may find offence.
I’ve changed a couple of words in the story so she may better understand why it’s just slightly offensive:
The original story is here: http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/170511/Politician-won-t-say-sorry
Politician won’t say sorry
An Okanagan politician is refusing to apologize for musing about when the legacy of Holocaust will “burn itself out.”
During a health parliamentary committee hearing late last week, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson wondered: “How long do you think before the legacy of the Holocaust finally burns itself out of the Jewish people?”
Later in the meeting she added: “How many generations is it going to take before the words ‘Holocaust’ no longer play a part in how people feel?”
The NDP demanded she apologize to Jewish people. Instead, Larson pushed back.
“At that committee meeting we were talking to the health authority about how we can help people. I’m surprised and disappointed that (B.C. NDP leader John) Horgan would try and use my comments for partisan purposes,” she said in a statement.
Horgan says Premier Christy Clark should demand Larson apologize for her “insensitive” remarks.
“A question like that reveals remarkable insensitivity on the part of an elected representative toward the tragic experiences suffered by Jewish people during the Holocaust,” Horgan said.
“We should never forget what happened, so that we can ensure nothing like that ever happens again.”
Horgan also noted Larson is the premier’s parliamentary secretary for rural education, and saying these comments is particularly troubling coming from an MLA with responsibilities for Jewish children in the school system.
Larson did acknowledge the tragedy of the Holocaust.
“What happened with the Holocaust was an absolute tragedy. There was and continues to be horrible consequences to peoples’ lives because of the Holocaust. I know too many people in our community who have suffered,” she said.
I wrote this to the Penticton Herald: