AVfM have just released a video of Canadian MRA Dan Perrins being interviewed by Steve Brule and Paul Elam.
A little background. After a 75-mile walk from his home town to Toronto, Dan settled down within 30 yards of the main entrance to the Ontario Legislative Building in Queen’s Park, Toronto. The building is the administrative heart of the province of Ontario. The Premier of the province is Kathleen Wynne, the first openly gay head of government in Canada, and the English-speaking world. She became Premier last year as the head of a Liberal majority government.
So far the politicians have refused to meet with Dan to discuss his demands concerning the high male suicide rate, driven in part by the absence of refuge shelter places for male victims of domestic violence. Dan’s brother committed suicide in 1982, as did a friend, Earl Silverman, who ran Canada’s only refuge for battered men before the project ran out of funds.
Will Ontario politicians in general – and Premier Kathleen Wynne, in particular – permit a man to slowly commit suicide in front of their eyes, rather than speak to him?
So far the answer seems to be, ‘Yes’.
We wish Dan well, and hope that the politicians finally start to demonstrate some long-overdue compassion towards men at times of crisis.