It is with the greatest difficulty and regret that I am returning to the government of Canada a gift that I received from my uncle, E.M. Culliton. A former chief justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, he was a recipient of the Companion of the Order of Canada for work that he devoted his life to with honour and dignity. Shortly before his death he gave me his box of medals. Pointing to the white enameled gold snowflake, he said: “I am giving this to you because I know that you will know what to do with it.”
Uncle Ted understood the potential of every human being. He would never accept that one person was of less value than another and his ability to relate to children was what really made him a great man. I am returning his hard-earned medal to the government of Canada as it would no longer have meaning to his sense of morality and values.
This award has turned to dust and ashes, meaningless and empty. More important is the reward that comes from embracing all human life from conception to natural death with its joys, sorrows, misfortunes and triumphs.
And the disintegration of Canada continues…