"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday 26 November 2015


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "SO MANY TROUBLING QUESTIONS": 

Given that the source of that snarl was our own nasty bit of business, I think it important to note that he/shedoes not like anything much. Freeland is going to be very helpful to the new government, Not only does shehave a flexibility with languages to deal with other countries , she has spent time studying the subjects thatmust all come together to develop our economy.
She may not live up to the high expectations. But she is out there trying, not chipping away on a blog.

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 26 November 2015 at 09:50

Chipping away or commenting to a blog may be the only part of our so-called freedom still available.

There are days and circumstances when it's not  apparent.  

The Minister's academic background is an assurance of intelligence. The requirement for her new responsibilities however, is judgement. Not the same thing. By any measurement, better to be slow and sure than make mistakes and have to spend time recouping loss. 

The new government has been given a shot by the electorate at improvement and there's plenty of room for that. For our own sake, probably most of us have a vestige of hope. 

Mistakes are cumulative. Sometimes it only takes one to sink a career. Politics and academics are not the same. Truism has never been more true.

The refugee crisis was the first test. It wasn't contrived by opposition parties. It was real

Schwashbuckling  swagger was absolutely the wrong approach. They did it anyway.

Then they talked to the  Provinces and discovered they didn't know what they didn't know.There were  partners who needed to be consulted. 

wonder if the Feds know about food banks and how many Canadians, including seniors, are relying on them and food drives and hostels and homeless shelters. 

Perhaps more to the point, do the refugees know about food  banks, lack of affordable housing and opportunities for young people in Canada to make a living.  

The Honorable Eric Hoskings reminded me of the Hungarian Rebellion sixty years  ago when he proposed de-commissioned hospitals for refugee housing. 

In 1956, Hungarian borders opened for a brief period and thousands made good on an exit. 

Some found their way to Scotland. 

They  were housed in hostels. 

Fed typical Scottish fare of porridge  and mutton broth with barley .Healthy but ever so humble. 

Hospital orderly jobs were available to them. 

Behind the iron curtain, people tended to be  educated. 

As opposed to capitalists,socialists think of skill training and education a sound investment of public 

Anyway, Hungarian refugees who landed in Scotland didn't take long to decide they were better off at home in Hungary.

They returned forthwith.

A headline going across the screen today notes a Manulife survey found 38% of Canadians in 2014
did not have enough to cover household expenses. 


Anonymous said...

So many of the groups once versed in dealing with refugees have disbanded over the years as the flow to Canada was
decreased. Now it is falling upon inexperienced volunteers to try and develop plans on the run. There are going to be
problems, for sure. But hopefully they will not be insurmountable.

Anonymous said...

I find it hopeful that consultation between the provinces seems to be back. Saskatchewan's Wall had some real
concerns about the promised speed of the refugee process and it would appear that the pressure has been
And, Evelyn, your point about whether the in-comers may have too great expectations is certainly valid. At this point,
I din't think that they have much choice. There is nothing left for them at home.

Anonymous said...

There are surveys and polls for every topic.
We do it right here in Aurora too. I read in the Auroran that additional study was being considered in relation
to our controversial tree by-laws. By the same lot that commissioned similar studies last term. They are unable to
decide how many trees can be cut down on one property in a year ?

Anonymous said...

You must think members of the new Canadian cabinet, while inexperienced in that role, are a bunch of idiots otherwise.

This denigrating attitude gives no credit for the real desire to help.

Maybe the Scottish people were so negative to the Hungarians that the latter returned to their homeland.

This is a delicate and fragile human story and the callousness of the press complaining because every little detail has not been fully worked out is just an expression of its ignorance.

So give a B+ for trying, more than many countries are doing.

Anonymous said...

I'll give them A+ for their Oscar performance.