Steelcitygrit [in exile]

Ruminating on all things Canadian and political.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Homeless cuts = results for people?

The Conservatives' decision to cut funding for homeless shelters a couple weeks back is exactly the kind of thing that a Conservative victory raised the spectre of before the last election.

In London, services have been cut by $376,000. This follows cuts to Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Hamilton, Halifax, and Vancouver (confirmed by the London Free Press and Mayor Anne-Marie Decicco, despite Diane Finley's stick-handling to the contrary).

This is an alarming response to all of those who naively suggested a minority government would somehow entirely handcuff Stephen Harper, and that talk to the contrary was simply fear mongering. This is particularly true to of the many NDP (and some Green) supporters who rattle on about "liberal, tory, same old story" while enabling regressive moves like this. Not to mention Kelowna, child-care et al, this is but one more example of the "results for people" that the sacking of the last government has brought home.


Note: Sorry for the delay there as I was moving, and my compatriot I believe is still off in the wilderness.


Blogger Robert said...

Glad you're bringing this to our attention... I hadn't heard about these cuts.

12:14 PM  
Blogger kris said...

Nothing has come up about this, it's unfortunate in a few different ways. Thanks for the heads up.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Yeah, its fairly under the radar. In London, where the funding is such a large drop it has made news. Ironically, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen tried to make herself part of the story initially, although that really makes little sense.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous neo said...

funny... no mention that the largest cuts to social services over the last decade were under the chretien liberals. the costs were downloaded to the provinces, hence the "fiscal imbalance" that everyone is now talking about.

under looney-lib saint pierre trudeau, the national debt went from 20 billion to 280 billion... but libs don't wanna have that discussion.

but why go there... you have chosen your boogeyman.


3:23 PM  
Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I am all for reducing government spending overall, but unless we faced a massive deficit, cuts should always be towards those who can fend for themselves, not towards the most vulnerable members. Unfortunately those who can fend for themselves are politically powerful so they never face the axe while the poor and homeless are largely voiceless.

The NDP is also right that in theory they could prevent any spending cuts since they always have the option of introducing a non-confidence motion at any point and at times I almost wish we would do that just to scare the pants off the Conservatives. Harper is only doing this since he knows no opposition party, especially the Liberals, don't want to risk an election now. I think had we chosen our leader sooner we could have maybe prevented some of his decisions since he knows until we have our leader, he basically has a free reign.

12:45 AM  

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