It started as an angry response to the latest giveaway from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Just a few days ago, our prime minister earmarked $3.8 billion of Canadian taxpayers’ money to fund girls’ education overseas.
I wrote a comment on Facebook’s Help Canadians First page when someone posted the story at the The Hill Times.
“And 30,000 of our people are without a place to sleep every night in this country. Disgusting!” I wrote.
Several hours later, I received a response that floored me.
“Like Me,” a homeless Canadian wrote.
The story suddenly hit home.
Think about this for a moment.
Trudeau just used $3.8 billion of Canadian taxpayers’ money for a cause — his own feminist cause — halfway around the world.
And he still hasn’t found a way to bring some 30,000 Canadians in from the cold.
It just can’t be allowed to go on.
“That’s just great. We have Canadians lined up at food banks. People getting their hydro shut off, homeless living in the streets, people in halls of the hospital and we just gave another $400 million away. Charity begins at home,” wrote one commenter in the Facebook post.
But it wasn’t just $400 million, another commenter quickly interjected. It was $3.8 billion!”
“I don’t see any of that money for Canadian girls education!” wrote another commenter.
“Need more money for the disabled!!” another commenter stated.
Then the comments got a little more vulgar:
“This shits gotta stop. We have a deficit already… and our roads/hospitals/ seniors could use this money,” wrote one man.
But is Trudeau listening? Does he ever listen to Canadians? You have to wonder.
Canada’s debt is $1.4 trillion.
We really don’t have any money to give away.
But what’s really sad is while Trudeau just throws this money away overseas, he ignores his own people.
A story on the Citizens for Public Justice web page on March 19 outlined how the 2018 budget report, released back in February overlooked 4.8 million Canadians living in poverty.
“Last month, the government released Budget 2018. But what changes will these new federal policies have in our lives? And what kind of impact will they have in the lives of the 4.8 million people currently living in poverty in Canada? Very little,” the story from Sarah DelVillano went. “The 2018 Federal Budget beefed up just two anti-poverty measures. And both remain inadequate to effectively combat poverty and precarity in Canada.”
The story talks about inadequate funds for child care. And it also discussed the Canadian Workers Benefit, a new version of the Working Income Tax Benefit.
It was introduced to provide additional income to low-wage earners and low-income households in Canada.
“The government boasts that 70,000 people will be lifted above the poverty line by the CWB. But as David MacDonald from the CCPA points out, this is just 0.2 per cent of those living in poverty in Canada,” DelVillano wrote.
“As the federal government prepares to release their Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) sometime this year, it is imperative that they move beyond piecemeal programs that leave people falling through the cracks.
They can and must demonstrate leadership that goes beyond rhetoric to develop and invest in universal social programs and policies that build a foundation of accessibility, equity, and dignity for all Canadians,” DelVillano’s story went on. “Given that Budget 2018 dedicated no additional funding for the CPRS, the pressure is on for Liberals to put their money where their mouth is in their final Budget before the next federal election.”
But will the Liberals put their money where their mouths are? That would mean that they would have to put in some money into solving Canada’s poverty crisis.
But at the moment, they seem to be more interested in throwing billions of dollars overseas to help people who, in all likelihood, never paid a cent in Canadian taxes.
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