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Comparing social programs to communism uncalled for

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Taber Times

I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch a video online, of our MLA Grant Hunter (WRP) standing up in the Alberta Legislature and equate social programs with Communism.

Now, this is not me as someone who ran against our MLA in the past election “spinning the fact,” those are HIS words. My question for our MLA is this; where is the line? Social programs for single moms? Maybe seniors care, hospitals? Schools? Police? Where is the line Mr. Hunter?

How about the people of Fort McMurray? According to you, people in this country don’t want a hand out, they want to “make it on their own.” I am sure your party leader, who is from Fort McMurray and sadly, like many others, lost his home, would have a problem with that.

So Mr. Hunter, where is the line? Do we throw seniors into the streets like in Mexico? Create a health care system that is the number-one cause of bankruptcies like in the USA? Or are we a kinder, more compassionate people here in Alberta and Canada?

We take care of our communities, those who have bad circumstances in their lives. We support them, yes, through charities, but also we elect representatives who we feel are responsible to support those values in our provincial and federal government.

While I was writing this, I was reminded of a couple of quotes:

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life; the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” – Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40, The Bible


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