How to speak out of both sides of your mouth

Yesterday, during committee hearings, a Conservative MP termed the director of the John Howard Society an “advocate for criminals.”

Here is the Harper government providing a total of $604,217 to John Howard Society projects in Belleville, Brandon and Hamilton in 2006. Here is the Harper government providing a total of $200,000 to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto in 2008 so that it could “work with the John Howard Society to provide short-term supportive housing for participants involved in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court program.” Here is the Harper government providing a total of $507,610 to John Howard Society projects in Winnipeg and Ottawa in 2009. Here is the Harper government providing a total of $550,031 to John Howard Society projects in Alberta and New Brunswick in 2010.

Earlier this month, a Conservative MP criticized the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.

Here is the Harper government providing the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba with $300,000 to help fight gangs in 2007. Here is the Harper government providing the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society with $4,490 through the Victims Fund as part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in 2008.




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How to speak out of both sides of your mouth

  1. - sigh -

    A history of single-minded hypocrisy keeps on keeping on: tell that loyal voter base what they want to hear to keep that support no matter what. “Belief trumps facts”, “What I say, not what I do.”

    If I were either of those compassionate organizations, I’d suspect funding cuts soon – as an austerity measure.

  2. To be fair, ‘advocate for criminals’ is a fairly apt description of (at least part of) the John Howard Society’s role - though I’m sure the MP in question intended it in the purely pejorative sense.  

    • Off the top of my head does John Howard not help reintegrate men who have served their time back into society? Noble work if you ask me.

      These conservatives sure direct a lot of anger towards people who have very little in this world. I see an awful lot of that kind of thing down here.

      • I won’t claim to be an expert of every aspect of their work. I certainly think that’s part of it – but at the national level, I’d say the bigger part of what they do is advocacy, including advocating to the government for the humane treatment of justice system participants and corrections system participants (i.e. accused and convicted criminals).

        That kind of advocacy is essential – given that it’s easy for someone in Ottawa to forget that despite being criminals, these people continue to have rights.

        • ” …  these people continue to have rights.”
           
          Yes, human rights.  It’s as if these criminals were still human beings or something. ;-)

  3. The government also provided funding to the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois. Your point?

    • I believe this govt has accused those two parties of merely being occupied  with the concerns of special interest groups. Er…what were you saying about making a point?

  4. Yet another example of this government’s antipathy toward experts…except the few whose views they can opportunistically exploit.

    Stupid rules the day among this crowd.

  5. While I’m certainly in favor of calling out a government on hypocrisy, or “talking out of both sides of your mouth”, I really don’t think this qualifies, as I expect it’s more ignorance on the part of the speakers as to what the government is doing.

    Why? Because I find it hard to believe that this government would knowingly fund things it doesn’t like the sound of, no matter how much good it might do, but entirely plausible that they’re completely friggin’ clueless about what they actually do.

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