The rabbis, the nurses, the doctors and the Nobel Peace Prize winner


Elie Wiesel has joined with the Toronto Board of Rabbis to express concern about the Harper government’s changes to the health care provided to refugee claimants.

Meanwhile, in a letter—pdf here—to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, representatives of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada applaud the recent clarification to the minister’s reforms and urge him to make further reconsider. They also offer to work with government officials to explore ways in which services for refugee claimants could be delivered more efficiently and effectively.


The rabbis, the nurses, the doctors and the Nobel Peace Prize winner

  1. Voldemort and his Kenney doll never think things through…it’s all on-the-fly.

    Same with the piano prodigy they just kicked out of Canada….craziness

  2. “Meanwhile, in a letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, representatives of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Social Workers …. ”

    wiki ~ rent seeking:
    A simple definition of rent seeking is spending resources in order to gain by increasing one’s share of existing wealth, instead of trying to create wealth. The net effect of rent-seeking is to reduce total social wealth, because resources are spent and no new wealth is created. It is important to distinguish rent-seeking from profit-seeking. Profit-seeking is the creation of wealth, while rent-seeking is the use of social institutions such as the power of government to redistribute wealth among different groups without creating new wealth

  3. good grief – do I read this that these groups want to work to reduce costs to these deadbeats. How about working on making with the other 99.9% of us to lower our bills?? I don’t have employment health top-up insurance and I can’t afford a dentist to do what needs to be done. Born here – paid taxes here – retired here – hosed here!

    • I`m going out on a limb here and guess that you`re anti-union…

      • I’m going out on a limb here and guess(ing) that you’re pro-union…

        • I’m not the one complaining that my employer doesn’t offer extended benefits.

    • Born here, amongst the luckiest people on earth through pure chance, yet you have not a smidgin of generosity in your heart for some of the wretched of the earth…that’s truly sad.

      • Yup, if you don’t support paying taxes to support fraudulent refugee’s, you’re just a big old jerk. Let’s pretend we want fiscal prudence while at the same time demanding more money be spent on illegal immigrants after we *know* they’re here illegally. Us dumb “lucky” Canadians surely would expect the same from other countries.

        • Critical talking point here – fraudulent refugees – or as the Minister likes to call them – fake refugees. Obviously this has been tested for maximum fund raising potential. Goodbye gun registry, hello fake refugees.

          • Yeah, Oz is pulling this too and Cameron is debating the phrase in the UK….ordinary refugees are magically turned into ‘fake refugees’ by vote-hunting politicians everywhere……they are supposedly bravely protecting us from something that isn’t a problem.

        • What exactly is a fraudulent refugee…definition please? Illegal or not they are refuges not immigrants…there is no queue. As always you’re use of the word ” know” is laughably vague. Regardless of whether we send them home or let them stay a little compassion goes a long long way.
          Sometimes I think folks like you and Jim get off on saying no room at the Inn.

    • Since when did ‘refugees’ become ‘deadbeats’ in this country??

      More Con Newspeak??

      • When did “non-refugees” become “refugees”? Your missing the facts or lying.

        • I don’t intend to discuss the English language vs Con Newspeak with a troll….sorry.

    • Jim, you’re a right-wing bigot for expecting your healthcare money to go to your healthcare. Every clear thinker like @emilyone:disqus @kcm2:disqus and @JanBC:disqus knows that you only pay taxes to support fraudulent refugees who come here to abuse our system. You are where you are in life only through “luck”, not because you or those before you made good decisions, just some random thing an idiot on the internet calls “luck”. When people are so generous as to spend their time on the internet denouncing your lack of generosity, you know you’re completely doomed.

      • So, “Rick”, if I’m reading you correctly, there are no real refugees? It’s all one big massive scam to separate us from our taxes?

        • That gave rise to this way cool fantasy/day dream I just had. Where the next PM (who isn’t a Conservative) was so incensed with the damage done to this country that he removed the citizenship of everyone who voted Conservative (yeah, I know, that’s the fantasy part). The poor former Conservative voters were forced to flee to the U.S. for their very lives–or at least their very opinions–where they were greeted as “fraudulent refugees” and told to get a job–not that there are any. No homeless shelters for these fakers. Ahhh. That was nice. Of course, in practice, I would be solidly against the plan. :)

      • So Rick, or whatever your real name is today, according to you that fact Jim was born on this particular bit of the earth isn’t just good fortune. It’s earned, the outcome of some virtuous far sighted decision or choice by a distant ancestor. What were you saying about Random comments by Internet idiots?
        You really think your here by design or by virtue of some superior moral brood stock ! Wow!

        • Yeah, and all those other people on the planet….’furriners’….are out to get us.

          They want our health care! They want to attack us! They want our jobs!

          They hate us for our freedoms …or whatever.

          So our job is to hoard everything….give nuthin to nobody.

          ‘I’m all right Jack…… so to hell with you’

          • I seem to recall the Reform Party adopting this attitude early on – back when they could never form government because of attitudes like this. We have come full circle.

          • And yet they claim such a large ‘christian’ crowd!

            Evangelicals are straaaange…

          • It’s important to remember that most Christians do not share their narrow pinched view of Christian charity, neither do they assume the majority of the world’s poor are out to fleece us. Truly we’re being governed by an ideologically obsessed minority. First time ever in this country IMO.

          • I sure hope not…. I can’t say I’ve ever met an actual christian…but this is genuinely a strange bunch who don’t even come close to it.

      • I’m not sure Jim can be said to have made good decisions. Not if he’s retired and doesn’t have enough money to properly care for himself.

  4. What did Elie Wiesel have to say about Israel’s recent mass deportations of african refugees?

  5. Good. Hungary is becoming “safe” for Roma in the same sense that 1930s Germany was “safe” for Jews.

  6. http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Fstory%2F2012%2F05%2F11%2Fdoctors-refugee-sit-in.html&ei=BuP5T5u9KYbBrQGxk7WLCQ&usg=AFQjCNEi46T1TuqsG6EQA1LfNAcgvt_SD

    This what Rick Omen regards as prudent stewardship of tax payer’s rights.
    There’s an interesting video of this event floating around out there somewhere…it’s mind boggling that as it now stands having a heart attack doesn’t qualify under Kenny’s absurd danger to public health protocols.

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