In the wake of the recent Federal Conservative budget cuts (while agreeing to put about a billion toward the national debt), my partner wrote the following letter to the Toronto Star, which they published today:
Reassert values of social justice
Sep. 28, 2006. 01:00 AM
Tories cut $1B despite surplus
The announcements of budget cuts made by Jim Flaherty and John Baird clearly demonstrate they are still operating from the agenda of Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution. The common sense being that the poorest and most in need do not matter. Program cuts to the unemployed, immigrants, those struggling with literacy and cuts to the advocacy of human rights for women, gays and minority groups. These are all programs aimed at improving access and opportunity for the marginalized. Failure to reinvest the vast surplus into education, housing, health and employment is grossly negligent.
It is time to give these bullies the boot and reassert the values of social justice and equality.
Chris Dowling, Toronto