Dear Mr. Ritz,
I am a father. I have a 4-year old and a 14-month old, and they both have voracious appetites. I used to make grilled-cheese sandwiches with hungarian salami tucked inside for the oldest one. I'd give him a slice of salami while he was waiting for his lunch.
I'd also give the younger one some tiny pieces of meat. He laps that stuff up like nothing else.
Well, I guess he's lucky to be alive. Some other people's babies aren't so lucky.
And you found it possible to joke about "...death by a thousand cuts, or should I say: 'cold-cuts'?". I think I know what was going through your head at the time. It wasn't guilt, or anguish over the unnecessary illnesses and deaths your actions led to. Instead, you were concerned about the political fallout for your useless party's government, weren't you?
You rhetorically asked if one of the tragic deaths caused by the recent listeria outbreak might be your political opponent. Tell me something: what if it had been your political opponent who'd died as a result of this negligence? Not so funny anymore, eh?
Is that what it would take for you to understand what a disgusting and dishonourable jackass you are?
Let me remind you of something. You are supposed to be "responsible". You are supposed to be in charge of making sure government oversight of the meat packing industry is in place and effective.
You, Gerry Ritz, have blood on your hands.
You, Gerry Ritz, should accept responsibility and step down immediately.
Your government's inattentiveness speaks volumes.
Instead of issuing (and re-issuing - for better photo-ops) lame apologies dripping with faux sincerity, you can start to exercise your sworn responsibilities by reversing this.
Then you might regain a glimmer of whatever humanity you checked at the door when you signed your Conservative Party nomination papers.
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