‘It wasn’t meant to be divisive’

by Aaron Wherry

Conservative MP Kelly Block is receiving some criticism for a flyer she sent to constituents that was headlined, “Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants.”

Block said she’s always eager to receive feedback, and will consider wording future mail-outs on the issue differently. “I really do appreciate hearing from constituents,” she said. She said the subject matter was her own initiative rather than the Conservative Party’s. She said it was an attempt to educate her constituents. “It is never my intention to offend … It wasn’t meant to be divisive,” Block said.

Block said the amount of tax dollars spent on refugee claimants’ health care needs was only two per cent of the total for all refugees, such as those sponsored by churches. She said she opposed granting services to refugee claimants, many of whom were eventually rejected. Block said she was simply stating the facts of the new government policy rather than giving her opinion.

An NDP MLA and the Star-Phoenix editorial board are unimpressed.

Previous coverage of this issue is compiled here and here.




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‘It wasn’t meant to be divisive’

  1. The supper news last night featured two of Block’s constituents who had each spoken personally to Block about her newsletter — she told them each a different story, depending on their views. Block is also one of the Conservative MPs being taken to court by Council of Canadians re: robocalls in her riding and her slim election win. She’s a great gal, is our Kelly!

    • “……..she told them each a different story, depending on their views……”

      Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

  2. “Block then invites recipients to mail in a response to her survey,
    which has two options. The first reads, “I agree with Kelly Block.
    Newcomers don’t deserve more benefits than Canadians.”

    The other option reads, “I disagree. Refugee claimants should get dental, vision and pharmacare even if I don’t.”

    Interesting way you have of NOT intending to offend or be divisive Lady. You seem to have a knack for torquing questions too.
    Somehow i don’t believe you did this off your own bat, but if you did i’m sure the PMO will be along with your brownie points presently.

    • A commenter on the CBC article pointed out that so far, Block hasn’t polled her constituents to see if they agree that they should keep funding her big fat pension even though they may have no hope of ever having one of their own.

      Moreover, on a tragic note, her riding includes more refugees and other immigrants than other Saskatoon ridings.

      • Saskatoon?
        The anal sphincter muscle of the Midwest!
        Oh dear. Does this not explain everything?

        “…….Block hasn’t polled her constituents to see if they agree……”

        Why?
        Are you new?
        She doesn’t care what the unlettered and swarthy masses think, nor should she. The morons can’t think anyway.
        Lord t’underin’ jaysus patchouli, are you so thick?

        • If Saskatoon is the anal sphincter muscle of the midwest, I guess Kelly Block is the shit that spews out of that muscle, eh?

          • Wrong!
            And goodness gracious young woman/man, do you eat with that same mouth?
            Blame the electorate, not the elected. When you learn to do this you will have matured!

    • “……..You see to have a knack for torquing questions too…….”

      “torquing”?

      Well, what a clever malapropism.
      Good for you!
      Still, Ms. Block is well aware that ALL Canadians are deeply stupid and that her constituents are no different.
      You should read the ‘Survey Questions’ one finds in the newsletters that Cheryl Gallant distributes ’round my current neck-o’-the-woods. Her constituents appear to be considered, by her, to be even more stupid than the average Canadian. Y’all would be quite astonished to discover whom she hires to compose these questions.

      • And you just want to help, don’t ya!

        If you truly believe one can only “torque” a nut
        these days, you are limiting yourself too much, and thereby missing out on a lot of fun. Go on let your hair down. It might even help with that little addiction to cynicism you appear to have?

        • “……And you just want to help, don’t ya!……”

          Please!
          It is a business transaction. I can’t be bought, but I can be rented – and at very usurious rates I might add.

          “……..It might even help with that little addiction to cynicism you appear to have?……..”

          Appear to have?
          Appear?
          Oh dear, and here I thought I was being blatant.

          • No, not blatant…smug.

          • Smug?
            And for good reason, wouldn’t you say?
            Cynicism is a character flaw if you are in the 99.
            Cynical pragmatism is a necessity if you are in the 1.
            I am in the 1.
            How ’bout you?

          • I’d really like to play along, but i don’t think at bottom you intend to be funny at all…i rather think you enjoy smug too much for that. Your wiles are lost on me i’m afraid. I’m sure you wont lose any sleep over that.

          • “…..but i(sic) don’t think at bottom you intend to be funny at all…..”

            Au contraire, stugots!
            I do intend very much to be funny – or at least clever.
            And I oft’ succeed – though it appears you wouldn’t know it.
            Obviously, it is not just my wiles which are lost on you my friend.

          • There`s intend and then there`s attempt.

          • Ta.Nyuck yourself. Is that Russian for Fook me?

    • It just happens to totally match Kenney’s talking points on this. Good to see am MP get caught being a bobble head.

  3. Do our medics on the battlefield not treat enemy combatants? Why on earth would we not treat refugees or new immigrants to some medical services while they are here? If they are rejected and sent back to their country, it won’t cost us anything in the long term. If they are accepted and become Canadians, then they will soon be subjected to the same level of medical care as the rest of us. Hey, maybe if we give them the gold-plated standard as refugees, they would complain when they get the usual level of service Canadians are used to and then would fight for changes to the system. Isn’t that what conservatives want anyhow? People on THEIR side to complain about our single payer system?

    • “……Do our medics on the battlefield not treat enemy combatants?…..”

      What about unlawful enemy combatants? The brave ‘Welfare in Green’ folks are more apt to find them of late, yes?
      One would think, however, it to be a bit of a waste to treat combatants of any legal status if Capt. Semrau is present, wouldn’t it?

  4. There is nothing remotely contentious in Block’s flyer, it made factually accurate claims about a program that needed fixing.

    Notably, the Conservatives are more popular with immigrants, 42% of whom voted CPC, than they are with “legacy” Canadians (non-immigrants), 37% of whom voted CPC. You look ridiculous clinging to a false, bitter, envious narrative, Aaron, but please, continue, it’s awesome making fun of you, lol.

    Source: http://www.punditsguide.ca/2011/09/who-really-won-the-%E2%80%9Cethnic%E2%80%9D-vote-in-the-may-election/

    • “…..You look ridiculous clinging to a false, bitter, envious narrative, Aaron, but please, continue, it’s awesome making fun of you, lol……”

      Brilliant use of the comma concatenate, but you really ruined my estimation of you with your inclusion of the word ‘awesome’ and that vile Initialism ‘lol’.

      “…….There is nothing remotely contentious in Block’s flyer……”

      You do not recognise manipulative rhetorical and literary devices when they slap you up-side yo’ head, do you? You must be one of those “legacy” Dullards (non-immigrants).
      Besides, I think the fair Mr. Wherry casts a fine figure when clinging to, well, whatever it is to that which he chooses to cling.

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