RENAME WINSTON CHURCHILL BLVD AND BUS STATION IN MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

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On the City of Mississauga website they clearly outline the types of street names that will not be accepted:

Conflict with existing street names
Discriminate against people in accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code
Damage the image of the City and its employees
Are likely to cause deep or widespread offence

This is a contradiction to the street and bus station named after Winston Churchill in Mississauga. Here’s a brief history of Winston Churchill’s sayings:

  • In 1937, he told the Palestine Royal Commission: "I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."
  • Churchill has advocated the use of chemical weapons - primarily against Kurds and Afghans.

    "I cannot understand this squeamishness about the use of gas," he wrote in a memo during his role as minister for war and air in 1919.

    "I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes,” he continued.

  • “I hate the Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” Churchill’s comments related to Australian ships carrying wheat at Indian docks.

If one man said all those horrible things, how does that fit into Mississauga’s street name guidelines? Simply put, it doesn’t! We need to change this, we need to be the generation that speaks up.

Sign this petition if you’re for changing the street and bus station name to someone or something that doesn’t represent bigotry. Mississauga is better than that. Please share with your family and friends.

Thank you,

Suzan Albaz

 



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