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Friday, July 27, 2007

Dying on the NDP's altar of political correctness

When 58-year-old James Duane was run down and killed by a car thief he became the latest blood sacrifice to the NDP's gods of Political Correctness.

Do you think that's too extreme? Then keep reading.

This week the Winnipeg Free Press broke the taboo on the governing principle of the NDP's social policy. They spoke the unspeakable: that native-run Child and Family services put children at risk because their chief policy is politically correct family reunification and NOT the safety of their wards.

That overarching philosophy has meant that children seized from their parents are put in the care of often unqualified staff and into the homes of often unqualified fostering relatives. And the NDP has turned a blind eye.

The Free Press and other mainstream media outlets in the city are still refusing to report that a similar race-based philosophy rules the NDP's auto theft policy.

Everyone knows by now that the vast majority of car thefts are done by about 150 chronic repeat thieves. But it's apparent that the NDP refuses to do anything about the thieves other than hire more and more police officers to babysit them.

What nobody wants to say is that the NDP won't touch the repeat car thieves because most of them are aboriginal, and the NDP recoils at being seen as incarcerating aboriginals.

They have made a calculated decision that they can weather the political fallout of people being killed and injured by these car thieves, easier than angering a key political constituency.

In 2000, when six people were killed by car thieves, the NDP could legitimately say "We're new in office. Give us a chance."
In 2004, when two people were killed by car thieves, the NDP could legitimately say "We're passing new laws. Give them a chance."
But by 2007, with car theft raging and the repeat car thieves undeterred, the NDP were flat out of excuses. Except one.

"Don't blame us. Blame Ottawa. It's their fault."


The Manitoba NDP didn't make revamping the Youth Justice Act a priority when the Liberals were in power.

And they certainly didn't say a single bad word about their colleagues in Ottawa when NDP Justice Critic Joe Comartin boasted that the NDP and Liberals joined forces to keep the idea of deterrence out of the Act, thereby limiting the sentencing options of judges.


General deterrence is "of no value" and was "consciously" excised from the new youth justice act, Comartin told the Toronto Star last year.

The Manitoba NDP are now engaged in a massive charade of pretending that all would be well if only the federal law was changed.

And the mainstream press is letting them get them get away with it -- by not reporting that the NDP in Manitoba has all the power it needs to take the repeat car thieves off the streets under exclusively provincial legislation.

The Child and Family Services Act empowers the government to act in loco parentis if a child is at risk (
http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2007/03/tackling-car-thieves-doable-solution.html ) and every accident involving a stolen car involves a (usually underage) car thief.

Instead, the press refuses to hold the NDP accountable for their failure.

When a jogger was almost killed on Wellington Crescent, the press engaged in an orgy of handwringing and lamentations of "How could this happen?"

When Rachelle Leost was killed on Inkster Boulevard, the press engaged in an orgy of handwringing and lamentations of "How could this happen?"

When James Duane was killed on McGregor Street, everyone knew the script by heart. Handwringing followed by lamentations.

Not one reporter confronted Manitoba Justice Minister Dave Chomiak over the government's feeble attempt at deflecting attention to Ottawa. Or over his own failure as a cabinet minister.

For "Six Months" Chomiak is the epitomy of failure in the NDP government.

As Health Minister he undertook to eliminate hallway medicine in six months. How did that work out?

Citizens soon learned that, under the NDP, hallway medicine was cadillac treatment. On Chomiak's watch we saw people dying on waiting lists and in hospital emergency wards.

Now they don't even make it to the ERs. They're dying in the streets.

And Chomiak's response? "Not my fault."

Former Justice Minister Gord Macintosh must have bequeathed his freqent flyer card to Chomiak, because Dave "Dr. Death" Chomiak plans another trip to Ottawa in the fall, his second of the year, to lobby for tougher laws against car thieves.

Macintosh went to Ottawa six, or eight, or ten times during his stint as Justice Minister to lobby for tougher laws. How did that work out?


Chomiak claims he wants the law changed to make auto theft an offence of its own.

When Conservative MP Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina-Qu'Appelle presented Bill C-343, a private members bill on auto theft, earlier this year to do just that as part of a package to toughen sentences for repeat offenders, Chomiak didn't rush to support it. We searched high and low for the news release from Chomiak endorsing the bill, but we still can't find it.

And Chomiak didn't utter a peep as NDP Justice Critic Joe Comartin dismissed Bill C-343 and declared auto theft was primarily committed by organized crime gangs which the bill didn't address.

We searched high and low for Chomiak's angry letter to Comartin setting him straight about the causes of auto theft in Manitoba, but we can't find that either.


The Manitoba press should be demanding Chomiak's resignation today, tomorrow, the day after, and every day until he's replaced by someone who is willing to put public safety ahead of political correctness.

Remember that when your father, your mother or your child is the next to be sacrificed on the NDP's pc altar.

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