Monday, July 04, 2005

Tom Brodbeck follows up with Two More Stories of a Socialist NDP Nightmare

Last week we presented the real life story of Thomas Hanaway. Mr. Hanaway is the 80-year-old Winnipeg resident who’s life was taken over by Manitoba’s Socialist NDP appointed Public Trustee. He had no chance to appeal and the trustee started withdrawing money from his bank account right away. His life was completely taken over, including everything he owns, by the province even though he lives at home with his wife and 47-year-old son and he commited no crime.

Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun followed this story up with an article titled Unwanted Takeover. In it he describes what it is like living under the thumb of a public trustee. The first thing the Hanaway family realized is that Hanaway’s wife, Grace, cannot access her pension cheques because they are deposited into a joint bank account she shares with her husband.

In the final follow up article, Tom Brodbeck explains the process that leads to government taking over your life by way of the public trustee. First, a doctor (any doctor) can deem a person to be unfit. The doctor does not have to tell the patient or the patient’s family about the decision, he simply fills out a one-page, Manitoba Health certificate of incapacity and sends it to the province's director of psychiatric services.

The province’s director reviews the certificate and gains instant access to all the patients’ personal medical information. At this point the director sends a letter to the person named in the certificate and tells them that the government now owns their life.

The troubling thing about this process is that the province’s director makes absolutely no attempt to meet with the person in question. There are no interviews and there is no home visit. The most disturbing thing of all is the lack of an appeals process. Once the director makes his decision there is nothing you can do.

The socialist NDP have always believed they can run our lives better than we can and this scandal is the best example yet.

16 Comments:

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a 'dry run' for the rest of us.

Frank

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous 905 Tory said...

Liberals want your money when you're alive. NDPers want your money even when you're dead.

Here's hoping Manitoba boots out those socialists in the next provincial and federal elections.

Good post, Mike.

 
At 12:11 PM, Anonymous The Left taking us blindly to Hell said...

I don't live in Canada so forgive me if I seem a little naive.

I find this absolutly appalling. And people believe Harper's got a hidden agenda.

What's the matter with them. Are they so subservient they have lost all ability to see their freedoms being stolen from them ?

 
At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Left...

Are you an American? Picture the Dems being in power, 30 of the last 40 years.

Nix that.

Just look at us.

Frank

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Warwick said...

That situation is so offensive that I can honestly say that I would not object to violence by the family. Seriously.

If you tried that in the US you're government rep would be shot on sight.

There is no difference between this and slavery. If the state violates such an important right, there is no response that would be out of bounds (with the exception of killing innocents through terrorism which can never be condoned.) The agents of state slavery are fair game.

This law must be repealed. Period.

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the perfect solution from the same fine folks who brought Manitoba the Crocus Fund.

Perhaps the Province's Chief Psychiatrist can declare the entire former board of the Fund unfit and thereby do an end run around the shareholders' class action suit and win one for the Doer.

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll submit to this type of state treatment.............when the ones left alive pry my freedom tool "from my cold dead hands!"

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Toronto Tory said...

This is scary stuff.

If this is true, we have to help this family.

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Michael,
an excellent post. Thank you for alerting us to this latest example of the dangers of socialism. And thanks also to Tom Broadbeck.

I, for one, do not wish the state to have this kind of a say in my life. Ever. We must make sure that all Canadians understand the dark side of the nanny state.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Joe Canuck said...

After reading Tom Brodbeck's accounts of this appalling story, I came away with the impression that, were it not for the fact that names, dates, and location were mentioned but rather just the actions of the government, one would be compelled to conclude that what was described happened either in Russia during the Stalin years, or somewhere in Europe during the Nazi reign of terror.

My God! What an unconscienable, shameless abuse of government/bureacratic power. I wonder how many other provinces have such draconian laws on their books? And how many other examples of this travesty are out there, ruining the lives of seniors or others (and their families) who happen to fall on the wrong side of some megalomaniac government-empowered psychiatric control freak?

Surely, in our fair and democratic system, there must be avenues of appeal to protect us all from these types of rogue power-grubbing demogogues?

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading Tom Brodbeck's accounts of this appalling story, I came away with the impression that, were it not for the fact that names, dates, and location were mentioned along with the actions of the government bureaucrats, one would be compelled to conclude that what was described happened either in Russia during the Stalin years, or somewhere in Europe during the Nazi reign of terror.

My God! What an unconscienable, shameless abuse of government/bureaucratic power. I wonder how many other provinces have such draconian laws on their books? And how many other examples of this travesty are out there, ruining the lives of seniors or others (and their families) who happen to fall on the wrong side of some megalomaniac government-empowered psychiatric control freak?

Surely, in our fair and democratic system, there must be avenues of appeal to protect us all from these types of rogue power-grubbing demogogues?

- Joe Canuck

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Michael said...

There is no appeals process once you are deemed mentally unfit and refered to Manitoba's public trustee.

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael.

This is interesting stuff....and thx, it is a good post.

Typically, as you tell it....there is no debate after you are deemed "unfit".

This story needs national exposure....is it getting any?

Frank

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Michael said...

As far as I know it was only published in the Winnipeg Sun and on this blog. I have seen other bloggers linking this site, but beyond that, I have no idea.

Usually the liberal friendly mainstream media overlooks these kinds of stories on purpose. They prefer not to draw negative attention to their friends in left-wing politics. You certainly will not see this story covered on the CBC, unless every other media outlet runs with it and they have no choice but to say something on the subject.

What the CBC would do in a case like that is run a spin story about how this is just one bad example of an otherwise necessary program to help people that can't help themselves. You would get both sides of the story, with an emphasis on the side that favors this government program and portrays it as the only protection the unfirm have.

There is a reason blogs are so popular and stories like this are the reason. We cut through the liberal spin and just tell it like it is, with links to let you verify all that we say.

 
At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael.

I do agree with your reasoning regarding blogs.

I also think, we do a pretty good job of discerning the info that we read in the MSM. The links provided in blogs, are a hallmark of responsible journalism.

The challenge (and you mentioned it, in your reply), is finding stories that shed a revealing light on our 'nanny-state'.

And then there is the small matter of mass exposure....and getting it.

Frank

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Shepherd said...

Somewhere along this path we seem to have lost track of one critical character in this sad tale ...

What is the nature of Thomas Hanaway's doctor's involvement in all this? After all, it was he who must have thought it necessary to protect his patient. I don't know of any doctor's who would take this step lightly ... without due consideration. Did Thomas Hanaway tell his doctor that his wife and son were controlling his money, that they did not let him exercise control over what was his? Did he perhaps intimate -- or state clearly -- that he was not being well cared-for at home? What situation would cause a family doctor to take such a drastic step?

Curious that Tom Brodbeck did not really spend time on this key figure?

Is Tom simply the counterpoint to the previously mentioned government toadies AKA the CBC? Or is the story and the sales it would engender more important than getting to the bottom of the situation and causing something positive to come of it?

Just curious ...

A farmer from away who received the story in an eMail from my Winnipeg-based sister.

 

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