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Doug Ford speaks ‘For the People’ - just not low-income people

Announcements this week cancelling the basic-income pilot project that was up and running in several communities in Ontario, with thousands of volunteer participants, indicate that, for this particular brand of Progressive Conservatives, “fairness” or “the people” are terms that exclude the 10 per cent of Ontarians who live below the poverty line.
The new Ontario government has a choice to make: kindhearted, fiscally responsible, inclusive Progressive Conservatives or narrow-minded, deeply ideological, exclusionary conservatives?

Source: Globe and Mail - August 1, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-doug-ford-speaks-for-the-people-just-not-low-income-people/

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Did a high-ranking MP actually say that? Lisa Raitt’s comments a departure from the mean

Lisa Raitt, deputy leader of the federal Conservatives, did show this week how it’s possible to do criticism on the sunny, high road - an endangered skill, perhaps, but one worth preserving, especially if Canada is determined to not fall into Trump-style politics here. Sprinkled all through Raitt’s criticism were some kind words — compliments, even — for some of the Liberal ministers involved in the shuffle.

Source: Toronto Star - July 20, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/07/20/did-a-high-ranking-mp-actually-say-that-lisa-raitts-comments-a-departure-from-the-mean.html

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Canada’s border control system is working, Ahmed Hussen writes

Seeking asylum isn’t illegal — in fact it’s a human right long enshrined in international law. Refugees aren’t criminals. And xenophobic language suggesting they are has no place in this country.

Source: Toronto Star - July 17, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/07/17/canadas-border-control-system-is-working.html

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Asylum Seekers not to blame for shelter crisis

The problem is not the number of people but the number of shelters, and to blame the newcomer is dangerous and horribly un-Canadian.

In his address to the crowd at St Peter's Square on January 1 this year, Pope Francis appealed for compassion and support:
"Please do not extinguish the hope in their hearts; we do not suffocate their peace expectations! It is important that everyone, civil institutions, educational, welfare and ecclesial realities are committed to ensuring refugees, migrants and everyone a future of peace," the Pope said.

Source: Toronto Star - July 10, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/07/10/asylum-seekers-not-to-blame-for-shelter-crisis.html

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