Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:19

Stumbling blocks or stepping stones

Written by  Dale Ferrel
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It is said the difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. Many governments and large organizations display a contemptible ineptness for stumbling versus stepping.

Three good examples of  depriving and defiling their citizens follow.
As already touched on by the excellent article Marking a National Birthday by Rose Sanchez in the July 7 Prairie Post, I too, have some grave concerns. Trudeau’s $500 million addition to our national debt was a poorly-planned and executed abomination created by the mind of a small child with the attention span of a gerbil.
Clueless about the logistics of where, when, how, why or the security issues, Liberals doled out patronage to friends who might re-elect them, an act found detestable by seven out of 10 Canadians.
Major event security was overwhelmed, disorganized and an absolute fiasco. On Parliament Hill, cold, wet, hungry “wanna be” participants waited up to four hours to get anywhere near the events. Some spent hours in what they thought was a line, only to be told it wasn’t before getting into “the line that counted.”
The $2 million wasted on junk, 70 per cent of which wasn’t even made in Canada, was forced on people who mostly abandoned it creating mountains of garbage. The aftermath of the Liberal generated calamity, was hopefully forgotten a day or two later.
I have an old Liberian Proverb which I would like to share with the ill-advised people who initiated the mess. “Do not look at where you fell; but where you slipped.”
I am absolutely sure Canadian war vets, food banks, our health-care system and street people could have used a half “billion” dollars for many better causes.
Item No. 2: Our federal government  exhibited a total lack of understanding regarding the terrible, avoidable disaster taking place in our judicial system. The Supreme Court in a shaky 5-4 decision created the “Jordan Ruling” which decided proceedings not move forward for 30 months in superior court and 18 months in provincial jurisdictions infringed on the constitutional rights of the defendants to a timely trial.
About 204 cases have been lost Canada wide, since the decision more than a year ago. They include murders, sexual assaults, child luring and, drug trafficking.
I can’t understand how constitutional rights and turning such persons back into the public domain, given their horrible crimes, outweighs the gravity of protecting our citizens?
Will this also lead to an apology and a $10.5-million payout for each as per the Khadr case?
Almost every instance of this  could easily have been avoided. The Liberals took power more than two years ago. At that time, they ignored the back-log of much needed appointments for judges. Worse yet, after the Jordan farce they still didn’t properly respond with appointments. Thus after eight periods of 90 days, each adequate to expedite judicial appointments, they are still bumbling along for reasons no one can comprehend; while defence lawyers are having a field day with nearly 2,000 applications for stays.
The mess has failed everyone; the victims, the accused and the entire judicial system. My experience with too many lawyers playing the system has always concerned me and adds to the problem. Adjournments created by taking on too many cases or milking the system must cease as with preliminary hearings which take more time than they were created for saving.
Item No. 3: More of my often-expressed concerns over the waste and lack of accomplishments is with the United Nations. Their World Health Organization is but the “tip of the iceberg”; an old boy’s club with high-flying ways. The agency spends $200 million on travel annually, more than fighting AIDS, tuberculosis. and malaria, combined, flying first class and living it up in five-star hotels, sometimes for more than $1,000 a night. It’s time to drain the swamp.

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