An alienated government is balancing the budget and forgetting the foster children

Nipawin - April 19, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis

rhetorical political positioning

On Monday, April 17, I read the article "Wards of state deserve better(1)" and I had a sigh of
contentment; finally, journalists bypassed all the rhetorical political positioning of our parties
and became passionate about their disbelief that this government has been failing in nurturing
the growth of the weakest of our citizens, the foster children.

majority of these children

A recent report by the Children's Advocate Deborah Parker-Loewen has stated that some foster
children who say they are neglected or abused never have their complaints investigated because
social workers are too busy(2). Also, the report states that Social Services is either unwilling or
unable to follow its own regulations in placing and monitoring the majority of these children.
Instead to take responsibility for the care of the foster children, Minister of Social Services Harry
Van Mulligen has attacked the veracity of the Parker-Loewen's report. The attitude of Van Mulligen
is typical of a government which is alienated from today's social realities and which continues to
spread the propaganda of their GNP economic successes(3), including the statistic that
Saskatchewan is the best province in fighting children poverty(4).

children are more important than numbers

Congratulations to our journalists who have condemned the government for our children
predicament, and who have stated that our children are our future and that they are more
important than balancing the budget. We want to remind our Minister of Finance Eric Cline
that a budget is not only a double entry bookkeeping exercise(5) and that social concerns for
our children are more important than numbers(6).
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day"
  General reference: Articles by Mario deSantis published by Ensign


Wards of state deserve better, SP Opinions, April 17, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Steven Gibb, Les MacPherson, Sarath Peiris, and Lawrence Thoner collaborate in writing SP editorials.


Foster children in peril: review, by Jason Warick, The StarPhoenix, April 13, 2000, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Honourable Janice MacKinnon: debating the economic underdevelopment of Saskatchewan, by Mario deSantis, February 9, 2000


Honourable Janice MacKinnon and the NDP Government: Spin-doctoring the Truth, by Mario deSantis, February 21, 2000


Honourable Eric Cline has not balanced the budget yet, he forgot our school-children, by Mario deSantis, April 2, 2000


The greatest challenge for Saskatchewan: Education and Learning for our troubled children, by Mario deSantis, March 5, 2000

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