Saturday, April 29, 2006

Democracy in action in an aspiring totalitarian community


Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal government's reaction and "solution" to a violent incident last year when an 18 year old was shot dead on the steps of a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Toronto, on the way to a funeral of a friend who was also killed by gun shots, is a brand new program called "Down with Guns" with a price tag of $3 million and counting.
The Ontario government is supporting a new, community-designed program to offer kids positive alternatives to guns and gangs, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"Our government is committed to doing its part to stop gun crimes and make our communities safer - but it's going to take all of us, working together," said Premier McGuinty.

"We're pleased to join with faith-based groups because they bring so much to this effort - people with expertise, strong values, a background in the community and a commitment to building a brighter future for our kids and our families."

The "Down With Guns" program is a community-designed initiative led by the Toronto Community Foundation in partnership with the Coalition of Christian Leaders. The strategy has four goals: to strengthen families, focus on education, create employment options and opportunity, and encourage youth to know their civic rights and responsibilities. Four volunteer action committees will make sure these goals are met.

[..] The program builds on government efforts to help keep kids safe and prevent them from making the wrong choices, including:

- Hiring 800 student success teachers to help struggling students

- Introducing legislation to keep kids learning to age 18

- Expanding schools for community use

- Creating a $15-million Youth Challenge Fund and challenging the
private sector to match the government's investment. If the
$15 million is matched, the government will contribute up to an
additional $15 million, for a potential total investment of
$45 million over the next three years

- Investing $28.5 million for the first three years of a Youth
Opportunities Strategy to create more opportunities and improve
outcomes for youth

- Unveiling a $51-million package to give police and prosecutors more
tools to work with neighbourhoods in the fight against guns and
gangs.
Freedom Party Leader Paul McKeever examines the limitations and abuses of our cherished democracy:
"The usefulness, or effectiveness, or righteousness of a religious group's activities is of no relevance to the issue of whether government should take money from Ontarians and give it to religious organizations", says McKeever. "The end does not justify the means, no matter what the end is.

[..] "The usefulness, or effectiveness, or righteousness of a religious group's activities is of no relevance to the issue of whether government should take money from Ontarians and give it to religious organizations", says McKeever. "The end does not justify the means, no matter what the end is.

[..] "The problem here is not that money is being provided to a Christian organization, but not to Jewish, Muslim, and other religious organizations. Providing comparable funding to non-Christian religious groups would not somehow remedy the wrong involved in funding a Christian religious organization with tax revenues. This isn't an issue of fairness. As abstract and irrelevant as it might sound to some, the issue here is democracy itself.

2 comments:

basil said...

Government giving money to a church for the noble cause of violence prevention. Who on God's good earth would have the nerve to keep accounts on this gift horse?

Pietr said...

Where does Ontario stand on funding of the Knights Templar?
Or even the Knights of St.Columba?