Poverty in Canada

Most Canadians are pretty proud of how most of the rest of the world views us.
We’re the country that began the UN’s Peacekeeper program. We give money globally to help out impoverished countries, we assist with medical aid, red cross aid, we love to jump up and help other countries.
Canada has become a charitable source to the world.  PM Harper wants to give money to children and mothers in third world countries that are ‘at risk‘.  The Canadian government keeps donating more and more money to end poverty and human rights violations around the world. Canada has given money to end discrimination against girls in African countries, and there is now talks to add more money to aid the countries battling the Ebola crisis.

All of this is very well and fine, but most Canadians don’t seem to realize that there are many charitable sources here in our own country that could use those billions of dollars.
Growing up, I always heard the phrase ‘Charity begins at home‘. I think that the Canadian Government has forgotten that saying.

Billions of dollars in tax payers money fly from our fingers, to go the aid of these foreign countries. But what about Canadians? Don’t we deserve some of that money?

I’m not against Canada helping other countries get on their feet, assist in medical aid and helping to end discrimination, sexism, ageism and racism around the world. I only believe that we should help Canadians with that money first.
Canadians are told that we need to slash and burn our healthcare system. Well if some of the money that we donate around the world was put into our healthcare system, Canadians would have their medical bills, prescription bills, dental and eye and hearing care covered.
Ending poverty in third world countries, a generous idea.  What about ending poverty here in Canada first? Canada has so many children living in poverty, and the seniors and disabled are in horrible condition.  If a disabled or senior person needs to live on their disability coverage or pension, there is a good chance they are living under the poverty line.

If the Canadian Government has all this money kicking around that they can just throw away as charity in these foreign countries, why not throw some of that green back into Canada. Invest in Canadians.

People will tell me that we have a duty to help the world, and I won’t argue.  I do think that we need to do all we can to help make the world a better place.  But Canada needs improvement, it’s not a Utopian society that can afford to give money away to all her friends.

Look at it this way, your house and family are Canada and your neighbours are the rest of the world.  Your roof has holes in it, your children need new shoes and the fridge needs to be refilled.  You family is hungry but all you have is bread, butter and water.
Your neighbour comes to the door, he’s in the same boat as you.  His pockets are empty.  You have some money saved up.  You can either use that money to feed your family, make repairs on your house and buy new shoes and perhaps a winter coat for your kids.
But your neighbour is standing at your door, his hand out for a donation to help his family get all those same things.
What do you do? Help your own family or your neighbour?
Your family, of course.  But the Canadian Government gives the money to the neighbours. It neglects the roof, it neglects the jackets and shoes and the kids go hungry.
Is that right? I say not a chance. Yet this happens all the time. Homeless shelters are filled.  Food banks beg for donations because so many can’t afford to feed their families. The cost of housing is monstrous. And yet PM Harper and all his friends, the Premieres of the Provinces don’t seem to see the problem with this scenario.

Now I know that I seem heartless to the horrible things going on around the world, I’m not. My heart breaks for the situation so many are in around this world. But I think we should fix ourselves first. When there is no more poverty in Canada, when every single Canadian is able to afford their prescription, eyeglasses and visits to the dentists. When no Canadian has to do without, then we can start tossing money to help others, if that’s what the Canadian people want to do with their tax money.

And yet this isn’t an issue. Nobody wants to seem like the heartless jerk that says to put a pause on forgeign aid, and help Canadians first.

I’m saying it. Canada’s billions of tax dollars in foreign aid should first go to help Canadians.


About katastrophes1

Kat is a 20 something girl stuck in a 40 something body. Mom to 3 kids, tormented and amused by 3 crazy dogs. Amateur photographer, self taught crochet junkie. Thinker of crazy thoughts. Where do they come from? Who knows where thoughts occur, they just happen!
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1 Response to Poverty in Canada

  1. l'empress says:

    I’d say you’re not wrong. There are always people at home who also need some kind of aid. However, I do think the rest of the world should be grateful to Canada for the example it sets.

    We had similar discussions in the U.S. for years. It seems as if we have gotten into the habit of watching our rich donors take for lead.

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