Ottawa’s $2-billion hit list

Liberal programs long loathed by Tories get axe despite government’s big surplus

GlobeandMail.com National

2006 09 26

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government tightened federal purse strings by $2-billion yesterday — slashing spending hated by many Conservatives, such as medicinal marijuana research — even as Ottawa disclosed that its coffers are bulging with another near-record budget surplus….(Full Story)

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The article also states:

Spending on the chopping block includes funding for… the Court Challenges Program, which funded litigation in the name of equal rights — an initiative that partisan Conservatives have always derided.

“I just don’t think it made sense for the government to subsidize lawyers to challenge the government’s own laws in court,” Treasury Board president John Baird said.

Right! The Court Challenges Program was the vehicle used by feminists such as those in women’s law societies (Odd, isn’t it, that there were never any men’s law societies?) to do just about all of the social engineering that changed Canada in the course of a few decades to a parody of its justifiably-proud former self.

Interestingly, the budget cuts also include,

$5-million: Administrative reductions to Status of Women Canada

That cut puts icing on the cake, but I look forward to having all funding for Status of Women Canada cut, at least until we see an equally funded government department called Status of Men Canada being set up. Still, let’s be careful of what we ask for. It is quite likely that we’ll get more of it than we wish to have.

A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

Milton and Rose Friedman
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
(Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics)

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2 Responses to Ottawa’s $2-billion hit list

  1. The cutting of $5 million from the budget of Status of Women Canada, announced by The Conservative Party of Canada Sep. 25, 2006, did not last very long.

    Status of Women Canada

    News Releases

    March 7, 2007
    Canada’s New Government Increases Funding to the Women’s Program
    OTTAWA — On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced an additional $5 million in new funding for 2007-2008 for Status of Women Canada and a new funding mechanism for the Women’s Program….(Full Story)

  2. The Canadian budget cuts aimed at curbing social engineering by feminist and gay-rights activists received considerable praise in the media and by pro-family organizations.

    1.) WorldNetDaily

    Canadian Tories pull rug from feminist-gay revolution
    Posted: September 30, 2006, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

    By Ted Byfield

    The three federally funded agencies most responsible for turning Canada from a stolid conservative backwater into a raving feminist-gay backwater were cut off at the knees this week in a budget brought down by the Harper government….
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52216

    2.) Don’t expect the CCP to go quietly

    National Post, Wed 27 Sep 2006, Page: A16
    Editorial by Lorne Gunter

    The article can be accessed here (it is located there after a short introduction by the Canadian Family Action Coalition)
    http://www.familyaction.org/Articles/issues/politics-law/courts/court-challenges.htm

    3.) Conservative Government Bringing Common Sense to Public Finances

    Real Women of Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario September 26, 2006
    http://www.realwomenca.com/press.htm

    4.) EDITORIAL: What fiscal conservatism looks like

    Toronto Sun, Wed, September 27, 2006
    http://torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2006/09/27/1904911.html

    Of course there are also dissenting voices. Here is an example of those. Not too surprising, it is from the Toronto (Red) Star:

    Real people hurt by PM’s budget cuts
    Sep. 30, 2006. 01:00 AM

    Conservative spin-doctors want voters to believe that subversives have been getting government funding to challenge Ottawa’s ability to run the country….
    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1159393811292&call_pageid=991479973472&col=991929131147

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