- January 26, 2013 - 14:53
Robert Wyndyck Hi Bob. Thanks for providing the full background on the press release you issued yesterday. A number of us are quite disappointed by the position your law firm has taken on the Minister's shameless promotion. As you likely realize (we hope?) they have not in fact provided us with anything. The service they are claiming to 'pay for' is in fact free to all Canadians unless you live in Ontario or Manitoba. And even then it costs 5.65. Their press release makes it sound like they've spent huge $ (and some TV and newspaper programs initially quoted figures exceeding $500M). But in fact this amounts to peanuts. Not to mention that many of us have already paid for this on our own. We are quite disappointed by the response your firm had to their press release. We understand we want to negotiate in good will, and recognize their contribution to helping this problem. However, the wording behind your press release feeds into the optics they were aiming for, which is they have contributed some huge sum to 'help us'. This is utterly false. They are posturing in order to sway the public against this cause and shift the focus of blame to us as 'whiney students' who are demanding too much. Unless you agree with their position, why on earth wouldn't you respond with at least some iota of pointing out how little their 'help' really amounts to?