Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Best Of The Bloggodome....On Canada's Treatment Of Refugee Claimants In Need Of Healthcare.


Cathie hits this one squarely on the head:

...The Harper Cons seem to think they should govern based on what some yahoo redneck is whining about on a radio talk show.If you flick on a radio anywhere between Kamloops and Brandon, I'm sure you've heard these people complaining about how all those underserving bogus immigrants are stealing all our health care. It's stupid and they don't know what they're talking about, but don't bother them with the facts, they would rather feel aggrieved and persecuted.

So in response to these ignorant rants, the Harper Cons cut off health care for refugees two years ago. It was a stupid decision, made by a government that doesn't know what it is talking about.

But at least our Canadian courts still believe that public policy should be based on demonstrable facts, not right-wing fantasies.

To absolutely no one's surprise, the Federal Court of Canada has struck down the Harper Con denial of health care for refugees.

And of course, also to absolutely no one's surprise, federal immigration minister Chris Alexander is going to appeal...

Cue Alison for her next withering treatment of the actions, words and deeds of Minister Alexander.


I know I am treading water dangerously close to an internet meme-shark here, but...

When I heard Minister Alexander pretending that humans, especially human children, weren't actually human and therefore deserve to be denied healthcare to protect Canadian taxpayers I couldn't help but recall the good Docktor Thompson's words when he came to the conclusion that his government wasn't treating humans like humans:

'We're the Nazis in this game, and I don't like it. I'm embarrassed and I'm pissed off. Yeah. I mean to say something and I think a lot of people in this country agree with me.'

The quote above was uttered when the good Docktor was near the end of his rope, not long before he died....Of course Thompson had previously conjured up a vision of what he thought the world would have looked like if Basil Fawlty's foils had won the war  based on what he saw out in the Nevada desert in 1971...


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