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--The prime minister says his resolution for 2017 is to "stand against the politics of fear and division." Trudeau's New Year's message released Saturday said he will focus on what brings people together.-----------Julie Ali It is easy for Mr. Trudeau to speak in generalities like this. What exactly is he doing to work for the people of Canada to ensure that there is belief in democracy? Like many other ordinary citizens I have written to Mr. Trudeau over the years. There are many problems in our society that we don't concern ourselves with because we just don't care about these problems. The most intractable problems are those with reference to our most disadvantaged citizens-those who are in the care of the government. In Alberta, for example, there have been more than 700 children in the child welfare system who have died. We only learned about these deaths recently just before we fired the PCs from government. We are supposed to get the names of the children who died after decades of dehumanizing them but the NDP folks in government somehow still fail to tell us the names of the kids. The most recent horrific case was the death of a child called Serenity. The Child and Youth Advocate calls her "Marie". http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie_2016November.pdf It is ridiculous that we have decades of such preventable abuse and fatality with kids in the care of the GOA without any sort of penalties for failures to do the job required. This would never happen in the society proper. Imagine a school like where my sons went--Grandview Heights School in Edmonton, Alberta which has about 324 kids. Imagine this school losing all it's students. Now double that loss. I'd imagine the outcry from the community would be enormous and sufficient to get the government at all levels to do the job required to ensure that the care of these children is optimal rather than negligent. It's time for government to act and not spin as Mr. Trudeau is doing here.« l

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Trudeau takes stand against 'fear and division' in New Year's message

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 01, 2017 5:42 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 01, 2017 5:42 AM ET
'We've got a lot to celebrate this year, most of all our 150th birthday,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians in his New Year's message.
'We've got a lot to celebrate this year, most of all our 150th birthday,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians in his New Year's message. (Twitter)
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    • Julie Ali
    It is easy for Mr. Trudeau to speak in generalities like this. What exactly is he doing to work for the people of Canada to ensure that there is belief in democracy?

    Like many other ordinary citizens I have written to Mr. Trudeau over the years. There are many problems in our society that we don't concern ourselves with because we just don't care about these problems. The most intractable problems are those with reference to our most disadvantaged citizens-those who are in the care of the government.

    In Alberta, for example, there have been more than 700 children in the child welfare system who have died. We only learned about these deaths recently just before we fired the PCs from government.

    We are supposed to get the names of the children who died after decades of dehumanizing them but the NDP folks in government somehow still fail to tell us the names of the kids. The most recent horrific case was the death of a child called Serenity. The Child and Youth Advocate calls her "Marie".

    http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie_2016November.pdf

    It is ridiculous that we have decades of such preventable abuse and fatality with kids in the care of the GOA without any sort of penalties for failures to do the job required. This would never happen in the society proper. Imagine a school like where my sons went--Grandview Heights School in Edmonton, Alberta which has about 324 kids. Imagine this school losing all it's students. Now double that loss. I'd imagine the outcry from the community would be enormous and sufficient to get the government at all levels to do the job required to ensure that the care of these children is optimal rather than negligent.

    It's time for government to act and not spin as Mr. Trudeau is doing here.« l


    If Mr. Trudeau wants to "stand against the politics of fear and division" he should start with the government at all levels. We are the citizens who pay for the most abysmal governance at all levels and when there are problems government doesn't do the required work of admitting to problems and failures. Nope. It is all cover your butt and then to add to this injustice we are fed myths of the just society model that institutions are supposed to be upholding.
    FIX GOVERNMENT FIRST. That's my advice Mr. Trudeau. When you've done this I would think there would be less politics of fear and division since most citizens simply won't be engaging in this junk as we have no power at all.


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