The Federal Liberals Are Playing Politics With The Disabled

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The Trudeau Government Tabled Bill C-35 on June 22nd, 2021 which is an act to create a federal disability benefit on top of provincial benefits. In this proposed bill, any funds coming from the federal government will not be clawed back by the provinces.  The Canadian Disability Benefit in which this bill will create will be heavily reliant on the federal definition of what a disability is to qualify.  Many advocates have stated in the past that it is extremely difficult to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit, and it excludes a lot of the disabled in the process.  The Trudeau Government pledged last year to look at changing the federal definition of disability for more people to qualify for the tax credit.  That has not happened since.

The positive part of this bill thus far is in the preamble.  It recognizes the Canadian Accessibility Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and for the second time in Canadian history, our obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The negative part of this bill – it looks to be all politics and getting the hopes up of people who are disabled ahead of an expected election call in the fall, which would see this bill die on the order paper.

The Trudeau Government fast tracked an unconstitutional piece of legislation Bill C-10 that would give the CRTC sweeping powers to regulate copyright protected works online before the MPs return home for the summer break.  The bill later got shot down by the Senate as being unconstitutional.  So why was it so important to fast track an unconstitutional bill through the house of commons lobbied by the extremist wing of the entertainment lobbies, rather than fast track bill C-35 instead?  I would really like to know the answer to that.

With bill C-35 passed through first reading (legislation requires 3 readings in the house of commons, and after the second reading goes to a committee stage for amendments), there’s no chance that Bill C-35 will reach the Senate for study and royal assent (royal assent means made law) as MPs head for their summer break.  This looks to be more of a political move ahead of a federal election, to which I find extremely unethical.

If an election were called in the fall, the Liberals could use bill C-35 as cannon fodder against Doug Ford and the Conservatives in voter rich Ontario.  The Ford Government in Ontario has done extraordinarily little for those who are disabled in the province and has ignored calls to increase the province’s disability support payments during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Bill C-35 would be suggesting that the federal Liberals are doing something with respect to the disabled in the country because Conservative Premiers have ignored the disabled during a national emergency.

Playing politics with the disabled is nothing new.  This is something that the Liberal Wynne Government did twice just before heading into a provincial election in Ontario.  The first was a commitment to change Autism supports in the province (to which she later gutted and retract after massive public backlash).  The second was to increase the disability support payments in the province in an election in which the Liberals lost.

The biggest gripe I have in dealing with any level of government regarding disability supports, is that the disabled are not treated as people, rather pawns.  Decades of passing the football and using the disabled as political weapons, is exactly what’s lead to the lack of support to our most vulnerable, and it must stop.  Whether it be provincial or federal politicians, these people need to understand that the disabled have rights in this country.  Playing on those rights to garner political capital close to an election period I find rather disgusting behaviour.

What I think the disabled need ahead of any election, is a commitment from all parties to work together to help lift the disabled out of poverty and neglect, and to stop politically weaponizing the disabled at their parallel. It is not fair, and it hurts.  Support for the disabled should be solidified and not dependant on the government of the day.

2 thoughts on “The Federal Liberals Are Playing Politics With The Disabled

  1. I just wanted to reach out to you Jay to say this was a fantastic read and a well written article. I hope to keep hearing from you on these matters. It’s alarming to me when I read of all the politics going on in the background.

    On another note:

    There is an article I read recently which might be of interest to you from an investigative perspective. My primary concern is that Gain of Function experiments are not prohibited in Canada. But why is it not written into law as something that is prohibited, especially since the Federal gov’t under Brian Mulroney closed down and privatized our biotechnology labs in the 1980s. Doesn’t this leave things open for any private scientist to experiment with deadly viruses? Though there are some elements of privacy and security from a National standpoint, I think you might be interested in delving into this one too. Especially since Canada is at the back of the line in the industrialized world and is even behind some developing countries. Also, Trudeau’s government signed a deal on May16,2020 with CanSino Biologics and the Chinese military to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Given the toxic state of Canada-China relations and the propensity of China to steal intellectual property and break deals, it was a bizarre partnership which ended fast 3 days later. It makes you wonder about this link which talks of the firing of the 2 chinese scientists and all the secrecy around it.

    Here’s the link:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canadian-scientist-sent-deadly-viruses-to-wuhan-lab-months-before-rcmp-asked-to-investigate-1.5609582?fbclid=IwAR2nXDixtLu2rp7gqNbgp2wBz2iSd65Ih3-_0-ol_mUztdL7yOwKmyUekiM

    Canadian scientist sent deadly viruses to Wuhan lab months before RCMP asked to investigateCBC News had already reported about the shipment of Ebola and Henipah viruses but there’s now confirmation one of the scientists escorted from the lab in Winnipeg amid an RCMP investigation last July was responsible for exporting the pathogens to the Wuhan Institute of Virology four months earlier.

    “We have a researcher who was removed by the RCMP from the highest security laboratory that Canada has for reasons that government is unwilling to disclose. The intelligence remains secret. But what we know is that before she was removed, she sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieties of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military.”

    Gain of function experiments are when a natural pathogen is taken into the lab, made to mutate, and then assessed to see if it has become more deadly or infectious.

    In Canada, gain of function experiments to create more dangerous pathogens in humans are not prohibited, but are not done because they’re considered too dangerous

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you found me again. I miss chatting with you. I haven’t written a lot about federal politics “yet”. That’ll change in the fall, but it’ll have a disability lens to it. I saw this article you quoted a few weeks ago. Very interesting what’s going on. I’ll have to read up more on that for sure. Let’s catch up! Add me on my new facebook profile here: https://www.facebook.com/JayKoblovsky

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