Sunday, January 15, 2006

Socialist Candidates Validates The Blue Maple Leaf on the CBC's Riding Talk

The CBC website has an election feature called riding talk. It gives people the chance to comment on the election in a moderated forum that is specific to each riding.

This author decided to leave a short two paragraph comment in the section for Charleswood – St. James. This is the riding where Conservative Health Critic Stephen Fletcher is up for re-election.

These comments must have been convincing because the NDP candidate for the area, Dennis Kshyk, decided to respond with comments of his own. Unfortunately for Dennis, he validated everything that was said without knowing it.

The exchange begins with comments made by a new Winnipeg resident with leftist leanings. She writes:

I am a new resident to Charleswood and am still trying to brief myself on the political history in this area. I have always been supportive of the NDP's and I am worried that I haven't seen one NDP lawn sign yet in my neighborhood. I think it is important to make some 'leftist' noise and get involved in whatever way we can.

Do the NDP have a chance in this riding? Even though every inch of me cringes to think this but I am wondering if I should strategically vote Liberal this election to prevent re-electing the conservatives. Any thoughts about this?

Posted by: Pamela
Dec 18, 2005 1:57:56 AM

The Blue Maple Leaf followed up with this comment:

Pamela, welcome to Winnipeg! I hope you like it here. I also hope you enjoy living in Charleswood - St. James, since it is certainly the nicest part of the city. As for your question, "What chance does the NDP have in this riding," the answer is ZERO.

The good people of Charleswood - St. James are a very independent breed and very family orientated. If they have a problem, they rely on friends, family, community. They don't have much need for government.

Posted by: Michael
Jan 6, 2006 5:47:56 PM

At this point the NDP candidate for the area chimed in with his thoughts and wrote:

Where to begin? When I read comments like those from Michael to Pamela, I am glad I belong to the NDP. I once saw things like Michael when I lived in Alberta and then I moved to Manitoba 20 years ago and my eyes were opened. Michael says people in Charleswood-St. James don't have much need for government and they have their family, friends and community.

I ask Michael and anyone else who thinks like Michael to go take a tour at the Winnipeg Harvest as I did on Jan 6, 2oo6. I thought poverty was only in the inner city area. I learned that in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia 15.8% of households and 14.6% of children live in poverty. I also learned that in 2000 there were 3 food agencies set up in the riding to provide food to these households. But I also learned that there is also 3 school programs in the riding where Winnipeg Harvest provides food for some schools because there are a number of children in this riding that go to school hunger every morning and also have no lunch.

The Liberals promised to end child poverty by the year 2000 but poverty has continued to increase and the Conservatives, well they just don't believe there is a poverty problem because there are family, friends and communities that will look after all this.

Pamela, the NDP does have a chance in this riding if the voters vote for the NDP because the Liberals have not delivered on their promises over the 12 years and the Conservatives will not address the social problems because they do not believe it is for government to address them.

Dennis Kshyk
Federal NDP Candidate
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia

Posted by: Dennis Kshyk
Jan 8, 2006 8:10:34 PM

Here is how the subject ended:

Thank you for posting your comments Dennis. Your mention of Winnipeg Harvest confirms what I said 100%.

I said, “The good people of Charleswood - St. James are a very independent breed and very family orientated. If they have a problem, they rely on friends, family, community. They don't have much need for government”.

Winnipeg Harvest is a wonderful charity that meets the needs of so many Winnipeggers and there are more just like it. The Salvation Army, Christmas Cheer Board, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Shalom Mission, Meals on Wheels and the list goes on and on and on.

All these charities exist because of the hard work of volunteers and cash and food donations made by the good people of this city. These charities are not inventions of government! These charities exist in spite of government, by undoing the damage created by the kinds of social programs that socialists impose on us; welfare being the worst of them.

As much as the socialists in the NDP would like to eliminate the need for these charities by erecting more government, or creating more social programs, it will never happen. By virtue of our creation we need other people to help us in times of need, people that won’t ask us to fill out an application form before giving that help.

And, no candidate understands the need to offer help and receive help from others more than the Conservative candidate, Steven Fletcher.

Posted by: Michael Jan 14, 2006 4:33:14 PM

This exchange is a reminder of a Blue Maple Leaf post made back on New Year’s Day 2005, just over one year ago. The January 1st article was titled, “Big Governments Don’t Go to Heaven”.

That article is just as true today as it was back then, and we would like to thank socialist NDP candidate Dennis Kshyk for proving it.


At 11:30 PM, Blogger Michael said...

The comments feature is back up and running. Different opinions are welcome, but any comments that include personal attacks or foul language will be deleted.

Enjoy. :)

At 7:48 AM, Blogger TrustOnlyMulder said...

Nice exchange.

It would do you even more good if you can show that the % numbers stated by the NDP candidate are lower than the national average. Another testatment to the riding and it's people if this is the case.

I'd look into that.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For years I have seen a decline in the heart of 'giving to help your neighbour', so a story like the 'Harvest' is encouraging. I personally struggled with 'giving' when I saw my neighbours get government handouts, while my husband and I brought up 4 kids on single income for 15 years.(our choice)
Socialism is not good for the community.VF


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