Mon | Dec 17, 2018

Disgusting lock-ups news to you, Matthew Samuda?

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I listened on Friday as Matthew Samuda made his contribution to the State of the Nation debate in the Senate, and apart from his usual tribal praise of this administration, he went down into the gutter of gutters.

Mr Samuda suggested that the report put together by the public defender was false, and he basically called the public defender and her team liars.

Are we a banana republic such that a creature of Parliament, in doing its job, must do so in favour of the Government and not the interest of the people? Because that's exactly what Matthew Samuda would want us to believe via his utterances.

The fact of the matter is that we did not need a report from the public defender to point out that the conditions in many of our penal institutions and lock-ups are deplorable. The very Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck admitted that fact. So for him to come and try to discredit the report done by the public defender regarding the state of emergency is disingenuous at best, and vulgar at worst.

It is with this in mind that I strongly believe that the members of the Government who voted against hearing from persons who were arrested under the states of emergency, or their families, did a grave disservice to the search for truth and justice.

RALSTON CHAMBERLAIN

ralston.chamberlain@alum.utoronto.ca

Toronto, Canada