Today, I sent the following letter to my Member of Parliament (MP), the Hon. Terry Beech, to request his support for sponsoring a petition I intend to file with the House of Commons to ban the Rising Sun Flag from public display in Canada as a symbol of fascism:
Hello Mr. Beech,
I would like to request your support in the form of sponsorship for an e-petition I intend to file with the House of Commons to have the Rising Sun Flag, a symbol of Japanese fascism, banned from public display throughout Canada.
Earlier today, as I was driving along Boundary Rd., a car passed by me. I couldn’t help notice a decal with the Japanese flag on its trunk and felt offended for three reasons. First, I come from a family of anti-fascist veterans who fought Nazi-fascism in WWII and experienced painful losses. Second, half of my current family is of Chinese origins and they still recall the horrendous crimes (such as the Rape of Nanking) committed by Japanese fascists under the ostentatious display of the Rising Sun Flag. Third, that Japanese symbol is an ideological cousin of the Nazi symbol and, therefore, ought not to be allowed for display in our free country.
I intend to submit my e-petition soon, in light of our Remembrance Day, and I would appreciate your sponsorship and support to put an end to the memory of zealotry and fascism in this country of ours by uprooting the very symbols that beget destruction.
I look forward to your response.
in the District of North Vancouver, BC
Update (2018.11.09): Due to clerical duties that preclude sponsorship, Mr. Beech is unable to support the petition. I have forwarded my request to Ms. Jenny Kwan, MP.
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