My wife, a breast cancer survivor, has been a past supporter of the Juravinski Cancer Centre at Hamilton, Ontario, but I doubt she’ll be a financial supporter after reading in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper that former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is coming to Hamilton on April 15, 2010 to raise money for the Centre and St. Peter’s Hospital.
Apparently, former vice-presidential candidate Palin will be paid around $200,000 for her speech—her going rate for an appearance. Organizers hope to sell 1,000 tickets at $200 a plate, but raise more from selling photos with her.
If this organization can afford that kind of money for the barely coherent Palin, they certainly don’t need any of our hard-earned cash. What would prompt someone to invite such a vocally anti-public-healthcare advocate to speak here? For that matter, why invite a foreigner, any foreigner?
Public opinion appears strongly against this folly. I’m not surprised.
Wouldn’t it have been cheaper had the organizers engaged her speech writer to make the appearance—she/he probably would be more welcome.
In fact, they could simply play the above video to their well-heeled audience to get across the gist of Palin’s view of Canadian health care.
Apparently, Palin is being hired by a group of volunteers who are trying to revive celebrity fundraising dinners that were popular in Hamilton in the 1990s. Celebrities such as actors Michael Douglas and Sophia Loren came, as did former presidents and other leaders, including George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton, Israeli president Shimon Peres and former British leader Margaret Thatcher. And I gather that Carmen’s Banquet Centre is putting up Palin’s appearance fee.
Those were, to a person, people of accomplishments and of distinction, and neither of these descriptions fit Palin in any way.
Just goes to show that sometimes smart people make dumb choices. I wouldn’t pay two cents to hear Palin speak on any topic.
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