Okay! Last weekend of August and I’m Christian Robicheau hoping that
wherever you are! Your weekend is going to be as good as mine!
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan has some very interesting questions that she hopes will
be answered by our readers.
With an upcoming Federal election to take place in Canada on September 20,
we believe that our president’s editorial for this week is very appropriate.
Happy weekend everyone.
What colour is your next government going to be?
By Donna J. Jodhan
For lack of a more suitable title, this is my question for today and by this
I am asking this question.
Would it make a difference to Canadians with disabilities as to which
Federal party forms the next Government?
I have some specific thoughts but for today I am going to ask the questions
and hopefully someone out there will take a few minutes to ponder and
In 2019, the Accessible Canada Act came in to legislation but for the past
two years Canadians with disabilities have been anxiously awaiting certain
promised appointments. These being the appointments of an accessibility
commissioner who will be supposedly housed at the Canadian Human Rights
Commission and the appointment of a Chief Officer who will supposedly be
working in the office of the Minister responsible for disability issues.
A call for nominations for these two high profile positions was made at the
end of May and nominations closed at the end of June but when the call was
made for the present election all work on finding the most suitable
person/persons for these two positions came to a temporary halt.
This probably means that the final decision for these two positions will
probably not be made until some time after this election. However, there is
more to consider. So, let’s just consult our crystal ball to see what might
or could just happen.
If the Liberals are re-elected, will they carry through with their
commitment to make these two positions a reality or would they come up with
some interesting excuse to keep dragging out their decision?
If the Progressive Conservatives are elected, what would they do? Would
they continue with the previous Government’s commitment or will they scrap
the commitment all together?
If per chance the NDP forms the next Government, what will they do?
So far, we have not heard any of the contending parties make any sort of
announcements on matters pertaining to the concerns of Canadians with
disabilities and I suspect that they may not be making any such types of
announcements or promises. For too long party platforms have failed to
include or accommodate the direct addressing of issues on disabilities and I
for one do not expect this to change.
So it is up to us as a community to start being more active and less
passive. We need to take better ownership of our future for if we do not
then we should not expect anyone else to do it for us and why should they?
This is our future and we must take ownership and responsibility for it! It
is time for us to take a more active role in helping to determine the colour
of our next Government.
If indeed we are lucky to see these two appointments become a reality, then
we need to ensure that these two appointees are going to represent our
interests and not just be figure heads appointed through either pre promise
or pre determination.
Just my two cents for today.
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