A column from Macleans’ Vancouver bureau chief Ken MacQueen titled “Branding the unbrandable: Why Terry Fox cannot be bought” caught my eye not just because MacQueen obviously wrote it with a political agenda in mind as he himself admitted:
But also because of this quote from ex-Terry Fox fundraiser Bill Vigars who attacks the Conservatives for ‘politicizing’ the foundation:
“That’s basically what upset me about this whole thing,” Vigars told Maclean’s. “The political parties are no different than Pepsi and Coca-Cola. In 35 years, not one single individual, organization or corporation has ever dared go there. They just knew what Terry was like. That was Terry. Everyone over the years completely respected that.” (see here)
One big problem with that statement is the complete untruthfulness of it as the Liberals had promised $150 million in funding back in 2005, this from Liberal leader Paul Martin’s election guide:
$125 million to support creation of the Terry Fox Research Institute in Vancouver, a new centre of excellence for cancer research. The Institute would be linked to the internationallyrenowned B.C. Cancer Agency;
$25 million to establish Terry Fox Cancer Research Chairs at Canadian universities to ensure that Canada continues to attract and retain leading cancer researchers who can tap into leading-edge advances from around the world to enhance our understanding of cancer – its origins, diagnosis, treatment and eventually a cure. Linkages will be established between the Chairs and the Terry Fox Research Institute. (see here)
This was either gross negligence or gross incompetence by MacQueen and Macleans must immediately apologise, correct and retract the falsehoods and misleading statements in his column.