Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PM Harper affirms commitment to amend Indian Act

In the opening speech of First Nations-Crown discussion talks today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed that his government will amend the Indian Act, although it will not outright repeal such legislation.

In two articles now (here and here) I have decried the need for Canadian aboriginal affairs reform.  In both articles there are important statistics undoubtedly proving the current system is broken, and it needs to be fixed.

The amendments I recommend are reasonable and modest.  Although Canada may have to entirely scrap the Indian Act and start from scratch, these modest amendments are the least the federal government could do to ensure Canada's apartheid system is eliminated.

I encourage you to write to the Prime Minister and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dalton McGuinty will do anything for the student vote

Ontario is barely into the New Year, but Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government is already making the same mistakes as those which plagued 2011.  It was revealed this week that post-secondary university and college students, despite being promised a 30 percent rebate on their tuition fees, will not actually be eligible for this rebate.

That’s right, Ontario students.  You voted for McGuinty because you wanted lower tuition fees, but you failed to read the non-existent fine print.

The 2011 Ontario Liberal platform promised “a 30% across-the-board postsecondary tuition grant.

That means – every year – the families of five out of six students will save $1600 per student in university and $730 per student in college.”

It sounded like a great promise.  What student doesn’t like the promise of lower tuition?

Yet the Toronto Star revealed that “mature students,” defined as any student out of high school for more than four years, are not eligible for this funding.

Details released on the Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) website also reveal this disturbing fine print not stated by McGuinty or revealed in the Liberal platform.
“You could be eligible for 30% off your student tuition if:
  • You're a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • It's been less than four years since you left high school
  • You're in a program that you can apply to directly from high school
  • Your parents' gross income is $160,000 or less”
That excludes far more than the original text which promised post-secondary students a 30 percent rebate on their tuition.  It means graduate students – those pursuing exceptionally difficult and important education – are excluded from this rebate.

As are any students not pursuing “full time studies,” even if for reasons such as health, employment, or other commitments.

Nor will distance education students be eligible, even if residing in Ontario but taking online or correspondence courses with a university based in another province.

Some of Ontario’s brightest and most educated students have been abandoned by McGuinty’s Liberals; students have been left in the cold, only after voting McGuinty back into power.

And to add one more point of lunacy to this terribly failed policy, this $420 million rebate comes at the expense of cancelling three – yes, three – grant programs which benefitted all students.

The Textbook and Technology Grant; the Trust for Student Support; and the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming For the Top Scholarship – grants and scholarships which aim to help all students - have all been cancelled to pay for McGuinty’s wasteful rebate.

Far from being a great program for students, it’s turned into the usual Liberal policy of benefitting the few at the expense of the rest.  McGuinty has completely cast aside the student vote and reneged on an important platform promise.  After all, you voted for him – he’s sitting back in the premier’s chair – so why should he care what you think?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

CBC's internal ombudsman says it's okay to lie and smear politicians

The CBC's internal ombudsman, Kirk Lapointe, has ruled that the CBC did not violate any journalistic standards when they ambushed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his home while taking his daughter to school, and subsequently blatantly reported false news to smear the mayor.

On October 24, 2011, the CBC ambushed Ford at his home where he was about to take his daughter to school.  Light had barely broken the sky, and a screaming woman dressed up in medieval warrior gear running at Ford with a fake sword clearly startled Ford and his daughter.  Remember that mayor Ford came to power in Toronto on a promise to "cut the fat" which has resulted in death threats from the left!

But it's not very exciting news to report that the state broadcaster ambushed the largest city's mayor and they ran inside.  So the CBC and Toronto Star, Canada's most prolific leftist reporters, knowingly reported false news to attempt to smear the conservative mayor.  Both cited "anonymous police sources" when they claimed the mayor threatened the 911 operators and said "You … bitches! Don't you f--king know? I'm Rob f--king Ford, the mayor of this city!"

This claim was completely refuted by Ford as well as Police Chief Bill Blair, who listened to the tapes and verified the quote was not said.

It was false news. Made up to smear a conservative mayor.  And the CBC's ombudsman has ruled that's okay.  Yet another example that this slanted state broadcaster cannot and should not function on taxpayers' money.