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Monday, January 26, 2009

Residential school compensation may have led to more tragedy

Money does not solve social issues. This has been proven once again, in a tragic way. According to the National Post, there have been several suicides and overdoses in the various among residential school survivors. These incidents are being attributed to the residential school reparations by other survivors. Many of the residential school survivors, being deeply affected by their experience, are drug addicts and alcoholics. So the government handed over a relatively large amount of money to drug addicts, who then went out and bought more drugs. That is to say that the government of Canada has enabled tragedy.

It seemed so easy. An apology for a horrific government policy and money meant to both compensate and help the victims build a better life. It is never, however, that easy. Government actions always have unintended consequences and far more often than not, those consequences are horrific.

In a lot of ways government is at its worse when it tries and corrects the mistakes of government. Government corrections often cause more damage, or make things bad in a new and spectacular way. The only way to help these communities would be to stop treating them as wards of the state; to have a retreat of government from their highly regulated lives; to install property rights and allow the individuals to raise capital on their own merits.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on January 26, 2009 | Permalink


So will the government be sued by the families of these suicide victims for compensation for giving compensation to the victims for their "abuse" at the Residential schools? What a crock! This is just as bad as the situation in Nova Scotia where supposed "victims" of a youth centre were given blanket compensation without any proof of abuse. Many students in the residential schools were no more abused than other students back in the day, yet the government of today gave a blanket compensation. Ridiculous waste of taxpayers money...again.

Posted by: Markalta | 2009-01-26 7:18:24 PM

Typical birdfeeder mentality. When you put a bird feeder over your sun deck, don't be surprised to find your guests have crapped all over your property.

Posted by: JC | 2009-01-26 7:43:19 PM

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