Here's the offending statement,
"The Japs were bastards."He made the statement last weekend at a veteran's convention in Winnipeg but followed that up with an apology to the media today. The apology should put this story to bed, but I have one problem with what Mr. Fletcher said and its the fact that he's an elected member of parliament and should know better.
Mr. Fletcher's statement was referring to Japanese soldiers from the Second World War, and for all intents and purposes his statement is correct. The Japanese were brutal during WWII in many respects, but as a MP, he should have worded his feelings in a different manner knowing that the media, and the morally corrupt Liberals would be all over him for making the statement in a crude manner.
I feel for the guy, he seems to know his history and cares a great deal about what went on during that time in our nation's history, seeing as his grandfather was a prisoner of war and seen some things that I hope none of us will see today. But Mr. Fletcher represents the people of his district and must be more careful of the things he says.
If Mr. Fletcher was a private citizen, such as myself, I would have no problem with him saying what he said. But he's not, he's a politician and is held to a higher standard. Members of parliament, especially members of the CPC should not give the media or any other members of the House a chance to unfairly paint them as racists. In my opinion, its just careless and shouldn't happen, that's all.