Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:15

Credit where credit is due ... or maybe not

Written by  Dale Ferrel
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While I admit to sometimes ascribing to give obnoxious, dissonances to many left-wing programs, I will always give credit where credit is due.

The new B.C. government is moving toward increased payments for disability and welfare recipients, and that is long overdue.
The  $100 per month increase, starting Sept. 20 will boost welfare payments to $710 per month and disability assistance to $1,333. 
The Liberal government had frozen the rates for a decade.
No credit to our bumbling federal government who has done nothing to simplify the massive paperwork surrounding the Canada Child Benefit Program.
As a result, many Indigenous families on reserves are not accessing it. Tax filing is an obvious issue. No existing program to track where, why, and how the problem exists is compounding the issue. To poverty-stricken families earning less than $30,000 per year, $6,400 per child younger than age six and $5,400 per child age six to 17 is gigantic. Yet another Liberal zealous ill-thought-out program without the needed preparation.
The aforementioned mess is much like Liberal handling of the illegal immigration masses wandering in across our borders. I wonder what would happen if 25,000 white American citizens wandered into Emerson Manitoba seeking immigrant or asylum status from President Donald Trump? Why would anyone want to wait in line to enter through the proper channels as long as the existing gong show plays out?
Last but not least, like so many others, I too am perplexed by the liberal handling of the Omar Khadr case. I must quote the thoughts of one Charles Morton from Manotik, Ont., an obvious citizen of Great Britain prior to his moving to Canada.
“During the Second World War, when a German invasion of Britain was a real possibility, I along with thousands of other boys between 14 and 17, joined military cadet units. By 15, I had become a competent infantryman, able to throw a grenade a fair distance. I was very aware of what I was doing, even eager to use my new found abilities against the enemy. I suppose the difference between Omar Khadr and myself is that I was trying to fight for my country; he was fighting against his.”

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