As you know, John Carpay and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) are in the forefront of fighting back against Progressivist attacks on basic human rights, including attacks on free speech.
Free speech used to mean that you could say anything you wanted, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence. Free speech even included hate speech, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence.
For example, you could say that you hated old white men, or even more specifically, that you hate Dave Reesor, and by the way, so should everyone else. In fact, I’d defend your right to say exactly that, in public and in private, or even to take out an ad in the newspaper advocating: “Hate Dave Reesor.” Only if you promote violence have you stepped over the line.
That’s free speech, or at least it was.
But now, in our “I’m a victim”, post-modern / post-rational new world, you can find yourself in trouble if you hurt someone’s feelings, or even say something that might hurt someone’s or some group’s feelings. And apparently, there are endless groups that are victims of white privilege, or ancient wrongs done to their ancestors, or some other debilitating grievance.
So we have endless groups that must not be offended; that is, with the exception of conservatives, practicing Christians and Jews, aboriginal Canadians and women who don’t vote Progressivist, etc.. In the United States, the old free speech rules apply to conservative women and conservative African-Americans; everyone else is a victim, and must not be offended.
This imbalance around free speech is enthusiastically abetted by most Canadian and American universities. In this short video, John Carpay explains exactly how universities are shutting down free speech. The JCCF believes in free speech, including your free speech; it fights unfair university policies, and it usually wins! If you believe in free speech, you should support them.
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This week, Meritha and I attended the annual Friends of Science gala at the Red and White Club. There were two excellent speakers. One was Marijn Poels, an award-winning, documentary filmmaker, currently living in Berlin. The other was Dr. Madhav Khandekar, a world renowned, and widely published climatologist with a particular expertise in climate cycles.
Poels came from a left leaning background, but as he began his research for his latest film, which he eventually entitled: The Uncertainty has Settled, he was chagrined to find that nearly all his assumptions about climate change were wrong. For instance, in spite of what the alarmists claim – ad nauseum; over the past 100 years climate related deaths are down by over 98%!
Note the graph.
Deaths were high in the 20s 30s and 40s, because that was the hottest 30 year cycle since the Little Ice Age ended about 1850. It was hotter than now!
Since then there has been a massive reduction in climate related deaths. Safe and efficient home heating, fans and air conditioning – mostly courtesy of cheap energy from fossil fuels – have insulated us against climate change.
The other speaker, Dr. Khandekar proved conclusively, that far from being a net negative, increased CO2 is a large net positive for the planet. The increase from about 200 ppm of atmospheric CO2 around 1850, to about 400 ppm today, has produced a significant increase in plant growth around the world. According to plant scientists, the ideal would be around 1200 ppm, so we need to keep releasing CO2, not burying it.
Encouragingly, our children are starting to question the propaganda that they have been force-fed in school. Tens of millions of children have been forced to watch Al Gore’s absurdly alarmist docudrama: An Inconvenient Truth, which would have been more accurately titled: The Truth is Inconvenient.
But late last year, Dr. Ross McKittrick of the University of Guelph was sent a letter from some European high school students, asking five questions. (Dr. McKittrick became famous for debunking Michael Mann’s famous Hockey Stick graph; a misleading graph which spanned the last 1000 years, but in which Mann conveniently forgot about the Little Ice Age which lasted from the 1300s until the mid-1800s. Logically, when you exit an Ice Age, you do so because it’s warming up, and that’s a Really Inconvenient Truth.)
Dr. McKittrick has given me permission to include his response to the students, in this blog. It’s well worth the read because it’s the questions your children and grandchildren are starting to ask, and that should give us hope. Our kids aren’t stupid, just understandably confused. Let’s help them learn to recognize propaganda, and think for themselves! Like, and Share!
Have a great long weekend!
Five questions from students about climate change
Ross McKitrick January 2018
In late 2017 I was contacted by a group of students at a high school in Europe asking if I would answer some questions on climate change for a project they were working on.
Here are the questions they asked, and the answers I gave them.
1. What is behind global warming?
Over the last 150 years there have been influences due to strengthening solar output, land-use changes, increased greenhouse gases and natural variability, among other things. The dominant school of thought in climatology is that rising greenhouse gas levels explain most of the overall warming trend since the 1950s. There are good reasons to support this, although the climate system is too complex to assume the matter is settled. The mechanisms by which the sun affects the climate are not well understood, nor are the mechanisms behind clouds, ocean- atmosphere interactions and other basic processes. The relative lack of warming in the tropical troposphere and over the South Pole are not easily explained under the theory that greenhouse gas levels dominate the climate system.
2. What can we do to prevent global warming?
If it is a natural process, nothing. If it is mainly due to rising greenhouse gas levels we need to ask instead whether we would want to prevent it. It would require complete cessation of fossil fuel use, which would cause intolerable economic and social costs and would only yield small changes in the time path of global warming for the next century or more. Even large-scale emission reductions (such as under the Paris and Kyoto treaties) would only cause a small slowdown in the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2100, so any benefits from such policies are likewise tiny, yet the costs would be enormous. The small warming that took place since the early 20th century was largely beneficial, and the astonishing social and economic benefits associated with cheap fossil energy far outweighed any problems it might have created. It is likely that this will be true over the next century as well.
3. If we don’t do anything about it, how does it affect us and our descendants?
Humans flourish in every climate on earth from the tropics to the polar regions. We are very adaptable. The only issue is whether changes take place so quickly that we cannot adapt, but history shows this to be a rare situation. Climate processes are slow, and if the climate models are correct, the changes are gradual and predictable. People can adapt to warming conditions more easily than to cooling conditions. The IPCC predicted that over the next hundred years, changes in economies and technology will have a much larger effect on peoples’ lives than changes in climate.
4. What will happen in the future, and what are the alternatives for us, if the Earth becomes unlivable?
There is no chance that greenhouse gases will make the Earth unlivable. If an asteroid hits, or another ice age begins, or something like that, then we face catastrophe. But the question essentially asks, what happens if we all die? The answer is, we all die.
5. How can we save Earth if it isn’t too late?
To ask the question is to reveal that you greatly overestimate your size in relation to the Earth. We could not ruin the Earth even if we tried, nor could we save it if it faced ruin. Our planet is a remarkably adaptable and robust home. We don’t live in a giant china shop where everything is fragile and breakable, it’s more like a playground where everything is made to withstand considerable wear and tear. Over the Earth’s history the amount of CO2 in the air has typically been 2-10 times higher than at present yet the plants, animals and oceans flourished.
Much of the past half million years have been ice age conditions which wiped out life on the northern continents, yet it always came back as soon as the ice retreated. If you take the view that the ordinary human pursuit of prosperity and happiness will somehow destroy the planet you will end up adopting an anti-human outlook. This is both a scientific and an ethical error. Set your sights on a more modest scale, by trying to be a good citizen and be helpful to the people around you, and you will make much better decisions than if you are thinking in terms of faraway abstract categories like saving the Earth.
I have long maintained – because the evidence has been overwhelming for a long time – that the Left is focused on talking about Progress; implementing “Progressive” legislation, and then not worrying much about the unintended consequences. For instance, the magical $15 an hour minimum wage is a huge barrier to getting that first-time job, for teenagers and immigrants, but still not enough for a single mom with a couple of kids. A carbon tax has no effect whatever on the lives of the wealthy but is a significant hit to the poor.
Which is apparently not a problem for the Left. As Robespierre said: “”Omelettes are not made without breaking eggs.” Robespierre was the mastermind behind the French Reign of Terror which killed thousands of innocent people who happened to be on the wrong side of history. All in the name of Progress.
Now we have a study by researchers from Cornell University and the University of Michigan that found, to their astonishment, that climate alarmism skeptics are in fact, more environmentally friendly than global warming alarmists. Watching the lives of people like David Suzuki and Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Redford and Neil Young, I think we’ve known that all along, haven’t we?
The fact is that conservatives are, well, conservative. We like to maintain and improve the environment for our children and grandchildren; we like to help our neighbors when they need help, and we like to provide for ourselves and our family to the best of our ability. But we think it’s unseemly to strut and preen when we do these things.
We don’t believe that we need to run to the government for “help” every time a difficulty arises, and by the way, we feel no need to buy carbon credits so we can sleep at night.
My experience is that most people are, by nature, conservative, but the radicals have propagandized the issue to such an extent that they’re afraid to “come out”. Well, if you believe in the things I listed above, and you believe in free speech, here’s permission to come out.
Don’t forget the annual Friends of Science event next week at Calgary’s Red and White Club at McMahon Stadium. There will be a buffet dinner and two excellent speakers who, unlike David Suzuki, Al Gore et al., actually care about the environment.
I just checked (Tuesday 8th) and there are a few tickets left. Call Julie right away at 1-888-789-9597, Ext 2. And if you have to miss it this year, don’t make the same mistake next year. Second Tuesday in May.
Have a great week!
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Rather than a regular blog this week, I’m going to encourage you to watch the following two, very brief videos. One is by Theresa Ng of Parents for Choice in Education. The other is by John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom.
Theresa exposes the lie that alternate schools are a financial burden on the public education system. The fact is, that it’s the opposite, by hundreds of millions ofdollars. Follow this link to the video.
John speaks about the fact that free speech is under broad attack by the Progressivist Left, including the Liberal Party of Canada. And it’s not just free speech; it’s freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, that are also under attack. Follow this link to the video.
The Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO) online community is committed to encouraging, and assisting moderate conservative individuals and organizations to Cooperate with each other, Contribute regularly, and Communicate effectively.
Parents for Choice and the JCCF are two organizations that are doing critical work for you, your children, and your grandchildren, and I enthusiastically encourage you to support them, regularly.
And there are other excellent organizations that I will be referring to in the coming weeks. Unsurprisingly, I believe that LDIO at www.ldio.org is another one worth supporting. If you agree, please do. And thanks to those of you who already do!
Back in the mists of time, 1960 to be exact, or prehistory to Millennials, Brenda Lee had a monster hit called “I’m Sorry”. One of the lines was: “I’m sorry, so sorry; please accept my apology.” With some slight modifications, it could have been the theme song for Canadian governments for the past 20 years or so.
Here’s the curve ball; I think apologies are okay, and even helpful if done sincerely, and properly contextualized.
In 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologized to Japanese Canadians for their internment during World War II, and paid a symbolic redress. Japanese Canadians were wronged, although in the context of World War II, and with Japanese advances throughout the Pacific and even into the Aleutian Islands, paranoia was understandable, if not excusable.
In the 1800s, Chinese laborers/navvies were brought to Canada, and the United States, to build canals and railways. When the projects were completed, the Chinese men naturally wanted to bring their families to join them. In Canada they were faced with a $50 per person poll tax, which was raised to $100, and then $500. For decades, that tax successfully minimized Chinese immigration. In 2006, the Harper government apologized, and gave a token compensation to Chinese Canadians, or their descendants, for their mistreatment.
More recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to aboriginal Canadians who were abused in Newfoundland/Labrador residential schools. I believe it was appropriate, as long as we remember the context.
Not all aboriginal Canadians look back on the residential school as unremittingly negative. It also must be remembered, that in the context of the times, transportation from isolated communities was extremely difficult. Furthermore, it was sincerely, and to some extent, justifiably believed, that assimilation into white society would provide a better future for native children.
Obviously, the program went too far, and just as obviously, not enough care was taken to weed out the sadists and perverts that managed to insinuate themselves into the system.
Most recently, Prime Minister Trudeau has apologized to those members of the LGBTQ community who were abused under Canadian law, by the Canadian government. I happen to agree with that apology as well.
In 1963, at age 19, I moved to Calgary, from the tiny community of Consul Saskatchewan, where homosexuality was regarded – at least by me – as a myth. Being a hard-working farm boy, I soon got a job, and I made some friends among my colleagues. After about five months of wondering why Jack never wanted to go on a double date with me, the penny dropped, and I realized that homosexuality was real, and that Jack was homosexual. (The word gay had yet to be co-opted)
On a visit back to the farm, I told my dad about Jack. He was pretty sanguine about it, and said that he had known some homosexuals in the Air Force. He seemed to regard them as mostly regular people who had a significant psychological disorder, and I accepted that. I haven’t changed my mind.
But 55 years ago, disdain and abuse were part of everyday life for homosexuals. One Saturday evening, another buddy and I were out looking for something to do and we bumped into a group of three or four fellows our age. They suggested: “Let’s go to Memorial Park and beat up some fags.”
I didn’t understand them at first and when they explained what they were suggesting, I said: “Why would we do that? They have enough problems already.” My buddy and I went one direction; I don’t know where the other guys went. But reporting them to the police wouldn’t have accomplished anything; back then the police might’ve gone along for the entertainment, or even have joined in.
It got even worse, and I hate to say this, but I was talking about homosexuality to an older “Christian” man one day, and he said: “In my opinion, they should all be taken out and shot.” I was appalled, and I asked if he thought that would be Jesus’ attitude. I don’t remember his answer, but I’m still sickened at the memory of the conversation.
55 years ago, homosexuals who were quietly living their lives could be arrested and locked up. So when Pierre Trudeau said: “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation,” I agreed with him. But the fact is, that for years, the Canadian government did aid and abet and practice, indefensible abuse of what we now call the LGBTQ community. An apology for that was not out of line; it was the right thing to do.
But of course, there’s a ditch on both sides of the road, and we’ve gone from horribly abusing homosexuals, to mindlessly normalizing every sexual disorder imaginable, and insisting that it be celebrated. That’s intellectually and scientifically and socially dishonest, and if I do have a phobia, it’s about the intellectual dishonesty which itself has become normalized.
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This past Saturday, Rachel Notley apparently gave a super speech to the faithful, attacking the policies of the United Conservative Party. Let’s get right into the specifics.
Rachel accused both Brian Jean and Jason Kenney of: “wanting to go back to the same failed (economic) policies that left us the mess that we are currently trying to clean up.” Obviously, that was a lie. Not one of the four UCP candidates wants to go back to the corruption, collusion, and big government/big spend economic policies of the Conservative Party of Alberta.
In fact, later in the speech it becomes very clear that Rachel’s real problem with the UCP is that all four candidates want to reduce public spending. That would obviously mean fewer jobs for her union buddies, and Rachel doesn’t want that! Her preference is to run up a 90 billion provincial debt by 2020. Take that you Millennials!
Then with an almost Trumpian rhetorical flourish, Ms. Notley said that Jason Kenney’s position on parental involvement in their kid’s education is, and I quote……”not just supersized, whatever. It’s super-cruel, it’s super-extreme, and it’s super-backwards.”
Doesn’t Rachel sound super-silly?
But here’s her beef. Alberta Education has ruled that that, when requested by even one student, a school must provide a GSA or Gay Straight Alliance clubs. EGALE, a radical gay rights organization has provided the “guidance” for setting up these clubs. When a student joins a club, parents must not be notified. Agenda anyone?
Mr. Kenney objects. He actually believes that when a child joins a club at school, parents must be notified. In fact, that’s exactly what provincial law calls for. The law states, explicitly, that parents are to be notified of all extracurricular activities that a child is involved in at school. It’s in plain English. National and international law says the same. But apparently, upholding the law is now considered super-extreme!
It gets even nuttier, and unfortunately, sicker.
To supervise the GSA website construction, David Eggen, the NDP Minister of Education, hired his friend; gay rights activist and agitator, Kris Wells. The website was duly launched. Several months later, Theresa Ng, an Edmonton mother and blogger, discovered and reported that there were links on the website to multiple, explicit “resource” sites. That’s X rated explicit. The links taken down. Think I’m exaggerating? Read ALBERTA’S PORN PUSHING POLITICIANS, and follow the links.
But then, Kris Wells, the website supervisor, attacked Theresa Ng for being hysterical and sensationalist. Remember, the website is for children, kindergarten through grade 12.
Kris Wells is still an advisor to the Minister. Ms. Premier; who in your opinion is the extremist here? Kris Wells and David Eggen should both have been fired.
The “moderate” GSA website itself has “educational” information, like the Gender Bannock Bread Person, (above) which deliberately sets out to promote the same gender fluidity confusion as PlannedParenthood’s guide for parents, which suggests the following. Tell your child that: “Boy, girl, man and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities ‘boy’ or ‘man’ have vulvas, and some with the gender identity ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.” (Emphasis mine)
Bet you didn’t know that, did you? Here’s the troubling result of this sick and unscientific crap.
A few days ago, a friend of ours was at an energy industry related conference, and she struck up a conversation with another woman. This woman related that recently, their 10-year-old son had come home from school, and quite concerned asked: “How can I be sure that I’m a boy?”
Really? That poor kid had been deliberately confused and unsettled by Alberta Education propaganda. Our taxes are funding child abuse, and if you care about kids you should be outraged!
Listen, a lot of people in the LGBTQ community are just as appalled by this as you should be. Camille Paglia, a prominent lesbian feminist educator says bluntly, that this fluidity fad is child abuse.
But Rachel Notley’s apparently fine with it because David Eggen is still Education Minister, and Kris Wells is still an advisor. I say again; they should both be fired.
While teaching children to care for other children and adults that are struggling with sexual disorders is a good thing, I’ll take the risk of sounding like Premier Notley herself and say that the agenda driven GSA program is, super-unscientific, super- subversive to parents, super-abusive to kids, and should be super-eliminated.
The only way to fight it is to buy a membership, right now, in the United Conservative Party, or UCP. The deadline so you can vote for the leader is 5 PM, this Friday September 29th.
During the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership race, I would have preferred to be able to remain neutral. But I can’t. I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I’m a small C conservative who believes that the politics we get are a result of the culture we’ve created.
This blog and the Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO™) online community, are dedicated to creating a culture in which individual rights are protected by the State – not overrun by the state; where parents and not the State, are acknowledged as those who have the primary interest in the greatest good for their children, and where citizens cooperating on the most local level possible, to accomplish important tasks, is recognized as preferable to governments, “doing something.”
I have believed, and have argued for many years, that one of the big problems for conservatism, has been too much timidity; our leaders make a panicky grab for the reverse gear as soon as someone from the mainstream/left-wing media challenges any of our ideas. That has to end.
I’m concerned that with Brian Jean, it won’t. He has proven repeatedly that he is terrified of the media, and that the very phrase, “bozo eruption” causes his heart to palpitate.
Objecting to school administrations coming between children and their parents is absolutely not a bozo eruption. Brian Jean seems to believe that it is.
Objecting to children being provided links to pornography on the Alberta Education (Alberta taxpayers) funded, Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA website, is not a bozo eruption, nor is it being hysterical or sensationalist. Yet that’s what the Alberta government and its comrades in the radical LGBTQ community have done, and said, and no one in the political arena has spoken out against it.
As the NDP government continues to advance it’s objective of sidelining parents from their children, their many support organizations like Progress Alberta, and the Alberta Teachers Association, brazenly misinform the public about the economic realities of alternate schools, (in fact they subsidize the public system), and the rights of parents to choose their child’s education, (it’s the law, and common sense), and they attack anyone who objects.
The fact is that the only UCP candidate that has been prepared to stand up to this illegal behaviour by the Alberta government, is Jason Kenney.
Since founding LDIO™, I have tried to focus on policies rather than supporting specific political parties. But we are at a critical point in the culture wars, and so I have joined the UCP, and I am supporting Jason Kenney because he seems to be the only leadership candidate not missing a couple of vertebra from his backbone.
There are only 8 days left to join the UCP so that you can take part in this particular battle in the culture war. Buy your membership here!
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Last week I said that I was going to go see Al Gore’s latest disaster fantasy, and report back to you. I will, but later. So far it sounds like the lineups are short.
But for the next few weeks I’m going to draw your attention to an issue that’s even more critical than the money being wasted on trying to stop climate change, although the issues are related. For Albertans, the threat is imminent, but the threat exists throughout Western civilization.
The threat is the relentless attack by the Progressivist Left, on parental rights, childhood, common sense, decency, scientific facts, empirical evidence, and history.
Parental choice in education is guaranteed by the UN Charter on Human Rights, as well as numerous federal and provincial/state laws; yet the Progressivists are determined to pretend they don’t exist, in order to implement their radical agenda.
Donna Trimble, and Parents for Choice in Education, along with several other organizations that I’ll be highlighting in the coming weeks, are doing incredible work in fighting for your rights as parents, and your children’s rights, just to be children.
Please follow this link and read Donna’s very personal blog. Then forward this blog to everyone you know, and get involved, including financially. I can tell you that while these social media initiatives are incredibly cost-effective, they still cost money. Freedom is not free.
It is absolutely critical that in 2019, Albertans elect a political party committed to parental rights, with a leader that has the backbone to stand up to the inevitable dishonest attacks by the NDP government, it’s ideological allies, and their media supporters.
And that’s why the UCP of Alberta leadership election in October requires your focused attention. Sadly, some of the candidates are extremely wobbly on parental rights.
And your rights are critical. Did you know that your children are being taught that a girl can have a penis? A man can have a baby? And that they were provided access to sites saying: “Here’s how to find porn?” I am not exaggerating. Rachel Notley’s NDP is not the party of Tommy Douglas. He would be appalled.
Next week I’m going to continue to feature organizations that are doing critical work in the fight, for you, your children, and your grandchildren.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the need for a moderate conservatism. I agree.
Progressivist Conservatives often tell us that they are fiscally conservative but socially progressive, in other words, they are models of moderation.
What it really seems to mean in practice is that you must timidly support every social initiative of the Progressivist Left, no matter how intrusive, anti-human rights, anti-family, anti-science, or, outright perverted.
The fact is that on most social issues, our society has completely abandoned moderation.
Because let me ask you:
Is it immoderate to oppose government initiatives that completely ignore the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, which explicitly states that it’s not the government, but parents, who have a “prior” or first right, to decide on the education of their children?
Was it immoderate for Theresa Ng to reveal that Alberta’s taxpayer financed Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA website provided links to over 20 sexually explicit websites?
That GSA website is approved for children ages 5 to 18, but Kris Wells the guy in charge, didn’t think Theresa’s concern was moderate. He called her hysterical and sensationalist. On what dystopian planet would you draw that conclusion?
Is it immoderate to affirm the scientific and biological, and obvious reality of two genders?
Is it immoderate to oppose government initiatives, that seek to normalize gender dysphoria in children, against the findings of science, and, simple common sense? Those initiatives constitute government sanctioned child abuse.
Is it immoderate for a politician to give a pass to Gay Pride Parades (LINK WARNING: severe stupidity on display) – those Flasher Festivals where addled parents flaunt their Progressivist bona fides by taking their kids to gawk at naked men? In saner times, it would be considered child abuse.
Is it immoderate to point out the irrefutable scientific fact, that a human being’s life journey begins at conception, and that at no point is a fetus a part of a woman’s body. It is in her womb for protection and nourishment, but it has its own DNA, its own blood type, distinct heartbeat, and even personality!
Is it immoderate to insist that we need to have an honest conversation about abortion, and to enact a law to give the fetus protection after a certain stage of its development? Could we at least outlaw aborting baby girls, just because they’re girls?
The fact is, that it’s the current governments of Alberta and Ontario and Canada that are immoderate.
Most of the mainstream media is giddily proud of their immoderate social views.
Much of Hollywood is immoderate to the borders of insanity.
It’s past time for real moderates – that would be those of us who don’t ignore biology and science, and who have a high regard for observed reality – to make our voices heard, and call out the im-moderation of the Progressivist Left.
These are three excellent speakers who devote an enormous amount of their time to fighting for your rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and, as the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights puts it, your “prior right” as a parent, to decide on your children’s education.
That specific right is under attack by the Progressivist Left, which has infiltrated such organizations as the Alberta Teacher Federation, Progress Alberta, The Canadian Union of Public Employees, and so on. They are promoting the idea that they have the “prior right” to decide on how your children will be educated, and they are prepared to lie like fascists to get their way.
For instance, they tell you that public funds subsidize alternate/private/charter schools. The exact opposite is true. Donna Trimble of Parents for Choice in Education spoke to that issue.
Here is the Executive Summary of a PCE study on where Alberta taxpayer’s money actually goes when it comes to educating our kids. This study was based on analysis done by respected economist, Mark Milke.
In Alberta in 2014/15, 631,089 students were enrolled in some sort of public school—“public,” separate (Catholic), Francophone or Charter. On the private side, 29,400 students were enrolled in independent schools.
That year, a conservative estimate of the public system cost to taxpayers—including instruction, operations and transportation but excluding governance, program support and basic education program costs—amounted to $10,874 per student. In contrast, because private schools receive less funding per student relative to the public system, and charge school enrollment fees to parents, the cost to taxpayers of students in independent/private schools was $5,150 per student—or less than half the public school cost.
In 2014/15, had all the students enrolled in independent schools instead attended public schools, the extra cost to taxpayers—and the provincial education budget—would have been $168 million. Over the five years analyzed in this report (2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive), the existence of independent/ private schools thus saved taxpayers a total of $750-million.
So, what the study showed, is that Alberta parents who send their kids to alternate schools actually subsidize the public system to the tune of about $250 million a year. For a different analysis of the same facts, I blogged about it at a couple of months ago at Stop Subsidizing Public Schools!
Theresa Ng, blogger and founder of Informed Albertans, spoke about her discovery that Alberta taxpayer’s dollars were used to fund the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) website, and that the website had over 20 links to sites promoting and illustrating a variety of sexual activities, the mildest of which gave instructions on oral sex, and sex positions to try at home. The website was government approved for kindergarten through grade 12.
When “outed” by Theresa, the links were removed, but the website supervisor, Kris Wells, then attacked Theresa for being sensationalist and hysterical. Follow the link to my blog, Alberta’s Porn Pushing Politicians and then follow the links to what Theresa uncovered, and you decide for yourself if it’s even possible to be overly sensationalist about this issue.
John Carpay of JCCF passionately encouraged us to be informed and thoughtful, and then, bold and courageous in defense of our fundamental rights and freedoms, specifically parental rights. John has led many high profile fights for freedom of speech on campuses, and the right of Trinity Western University to establish a law school.
I’d encourage you to spend some serious time following the links on this blog. Our basic freedoms are under attack, and for the futures of our children and grandchildren, we need to become informed, and active. And I’d encourage you to subscribe to and support these three organizations. Donna and Theresa and John are true freedom fighters.
And of course, I’d encourage you to become a member of the Let’s Do It Ourselves online community. My view is that conservatives need to Cooperate, Contribute, and Communicate effectively or we’re going to lose this war, and we don’t need to.
The Progressivist Left’s biggest asset is our apathy. Please share this with your entire email list, and keep it going.