Yesterday at the Remembrance Day ceremony, councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, who was asked by Rob Ford to step to deliver remarks on behalf of the city, struggled to remember the name and rank of the two soldiers killed in a pair of domestic terrorism attack last month.
She apologized while at the podium, saying she was nervous – after the ceremony she insisted it wasn’t a big deal:
“When you get asked to stand in at the last minute — trying to prepare with remarks because I had to rewrite some of it — s— happens.”
“What I had in my notes were their names but I didn’t have their titles and I didn’t want to make one up, which is why I apologized and said I was nervous. It was not meant to be disrespectful in any way,” she said. “I am sorry that I didn’t have their full names and titles. I should have been more careful about that,” she said.
Even in here twitter apology she didn’t get the titles right of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent:
Ramkhalawansingh was asked to deliver the speech around 5 p.m. on Monday and came completely unprepared.
She came under immediate fire on social media for the mistake, with many condemning her, saying that it was disrespectful to the fallen soldiers:
Hear audio of Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh speech & Derringer laying into Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, while going on a rant:
Do you agree these kinds of flubs happen? Should she have been more prepared – or is it a result of being flustered at public speaking? Do we expect better from our civic leaders when it comes to these ceremonies?
Considering the magnitude of these two killings of Canadians soldiers, is this even acceptable from our city officials?