Nothing very trivial about breaking rules

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Editor: From its inception there were rules and protocols to be observed in awarding the Order of P.E.I. This honour is not conferred by the government of the day, but rather by the Lieutenant-Governor of P.E.I., representing the Queen. In Heather Moyse’s case, Mr. Ghiz’s awarding and ‘bending of the rules’ of the award are an insult to an Olympian, whose achievements are frequently measured in one thousands of a second.

I would remind islanders that P.E.I. already has an Olympic gold medalist, in the person of David ‘Eli’ MacEachern. Mr. MacEachern won the gold medal in the two-man event in bobsled at the 1998 Games. Yet he was not spontaneously awarded the Order of P.E.I., although he certainly received many other well-deserved accolades.

The Guardian generously acknowledges that everyone in P.E.I. is allowed to have an opinion. It also notes that the premier acted with the ‘best of intentions.’ How does the editorial writer know this?

“The premier . . . got unanimous support (from his caucus) to announce the good news Friday night.”  Next — “the selection committee was also aware of his plan”.  This leads to assume that the selection committee agreed, although this was never stated.        

“It is unfortunate that some people get caught up in the trivial.” What trivial? Breaking established roles and procedures? Incredibly, the writer suggests that those who oppose the premier’s actions are attacking her award, and that this is an insensitive criticism of her.

I believe that those who have ‘bent the rules’ should apologize to an Olympic champion.

Thank you again, Heather.  Through you, all Islanders can bathe in a little of your deserved recognition.

Gary Walker,


Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown

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