In Winnipeg Free Press December 29, 2012 article "Selinger's got game" Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger thinks it is appropriate to prioritize taxpayers' money (despite the province facing the largest deficit in recorded provincial history) to support the financial hardship incurred by--egad, politicians during elections. This epiphany came at the heels of the new Leader of the Opposition Party--Brian Pallister's purchase of a $2 million mansion in Winnipeg.
In the United States, democracy "has really become a club for millionaires and, in some cases, billionaires," ... Selinger went on to say, "I think that democracy needs to function in a way that average people have a chance to participate in it...and if that requires modest amounts of public investment to do that, I don't think that's inappropriate."
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Even dead fish can go with the flow.
Please do your part to remind Mr. Selinger that there are others, certainly more vulnerable (who cannot access the democratic process) than leaders of political parties whose own personal wealth could likely support a small country. Also, are the majority of politicians not in fact lawyers? What's next on your game plan--send a poor NHL player to camp?
Jamie Ryan has been fighting for equal access to his young daughter since the day she was born nearly three years ago. When his ex-girlfriend announced she was moving to Toronto and taking their daughter with her, Ryan hired a lawyer and spent $30,000 trying to stop her. The judge ruled against him. “So that was a waste of money, really,” he says.
Since then, Ryan — who owns an Ottawa company called Executive Golf — has been representing himself in court. So far, he’s appeared before seven different judges. Despite some limited success, the experience has been deeply disillusioning. The judges, he says, treated him like a criminal...
What has surprised me is how traumatized people are by the experiences they're having, how many lives are getting wrecked, how much anger and frustration is out there," says Macfarlane who plans to publish her findings this spring. "It makes you wonder, given that self-reps are now a majority in the legal system, how much longer the system can hang on.
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- as an alternative to the court system for those most vulnerable;
- for those that could not access the court system
- due to disability or
- because they did not have the financial means to hire a lawyer.