COLUMN: Lilley – The family is under assault in Canada

- March 2nd, 2012

Government has no place at family table

by Brian Lilley

You’ve probably heard of the nanny state before, but until this week I’d never heard the government refer to itself as a parent. Not in Canada anyway.

Yet that’s what happened in Kitchener, Ont., as school, Children’s Aid and police officials all defended their over-the-top actions.

By now you’ve likely heard the story of Jessie Sansone, the Kitchener father of four who was arrested, strip-searched, had his kids seized and his home raided by police — all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture in her kindergarten class of a man with a gun.

After spending time in a cell and having police gaze at his naked body, Sansone was released, no charges laid. The only gun found in his home was a clear plastic toy gun, nothing criminal.

Local police say they will review how they handled the case but won’t apologize. The head of the local Children’s Aid, the rather arrogant Alison Scott, has said she would do everything the same way tomorrow.

But the cake has to go to Gregg Bereznick, the superintendent of Waterloo Region District School Board.

“We do work hand in hand with the families because we co-parent,” Bereznick told QMI Agency reporter Kris Sims.

Funny, I don’t recall signing any document giving any teacher or school official permission to be the co-parent of any of my children.

I’ve heard from plenty of teachers and even some principals who are appalled by this idea, but unfortunately it is growing.

There are people who think the job of parents is to simply have a good time one night, pop out a baby nine months later and then hand the child over to the government to raise and educate.

This isn’t confined to Waterloo, or even just Ontario. The Alberta government has just released an updated Education Act which tells homeschooling families that they cannot teach certain things in their homes.

Under this new bill, nothing in the education of a child can go against the Alberta Human Rights Act.

Now remember that Ezra Levant was prosecuted for 900 days under that act for daring to print the Mohammed cartoons in his former magazine, The Western Standard.

Education in Alberta no longer advocates free speech? It certainly seems that way to religious families who are worried what this new law will mean for teaching from the Bible.

“Whatever the nature of schooling — homeschool, private school, Catholic school — we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, a spokesman for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk.

Essentially, they are saying you must respect differences and if you are different than the difference we like, you are in violation of the law.

So much for parental rights.

In Montreal, a mother of a 15-year-old having trouble academically was told by her school principal that social services would be called if she pulled her son out of school and enrolled him in an online distance learning program that could better cope with his needs.

The school board defended the principal.

“He is perfectly entitled to call youth protection services. You just can’t pull your child out of school and unilaterally decide to have your own home-schooling program,” said school board spokesman Michael Cohen.

Really Mike? Whose kids are they?

We used to look to the government to help families.

Now they want to be our families, or worse, simply control our families.

It’s time this stopped.

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11 comments

  1. Dave says:

    We must turn this situation around. But how?

  2. Paul Brett says:

    Brian, I appreciate your work and I loved your CS Lewis quote the other day, but what can we really do? How do we stop this? Do they out-number us? How do we fight this without being perceived as a radical? I was having such a lovely morning.

  3. Andrew Modray says:

    Brian I heard you on CFRA this morning and I like the nice breath of fresh air you provide, albeit still strongly coming from the right wing perspective. I personally lie in the middle because of my attributes but I look forward to hearing you more and reading the Lilley Pad posts. I have to read both sides to develop the ‘proper’ point of view. Each morning I read the Sun, Citizen, listen to CFRA and the Team (I don’t listen to CBC for obvious reasons) Keep up the great work.

  4. Larry Bennett says:

    People who buy into the “early childhood learning” nonsense should be aware of the old saw, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world”.

  5. Tom Martin says:

    Brian
    I am a grand father who has always been proud to call Canada my home and still do, but the gouvernment directly or indirectly (through the school system) are not co-parents to my grand children.
    The extremist left leaning views of the current school boards make them unfit to serve the majority of Canadians much less “co-parents”.
    The “no-fault” default lifestyle promoted by most of the irresponsible civil servants has infact been a major cause of the distruction of the Canadian family.
    We need to give control of the lives of our children back to their parents.
    The goal of any good gouvernment is to reduce it’s impact on the society it serves. A good gouvernment will always work to minimize the number of employees.
    The reason that it costs so much to live in Canada is the cost of civil “serve-us” whose wages and benefits are out of touch with reality.
    The worst of these are teachers and other gouvernment bureaucrats who probably couldn’t hold down a real job if their life depended on it.
    Canada became a great country when we had statesmen who gave their time to build the country now we have politicians whose main concern is building their own nest egg.

  6. Frank says:

    Brian, the Elites are building a continent wide cage to keep the rest of us in. They’re not stupid or over whelmed by political correctness. They are following a carefully thought out plan to strip away our freedom and enslave us. I just watched a story about a man threatened with jail for feeding the birds. Do you really think you’re free? Really?

  7. Rick C says:

    Ok so let me get this straight… The kid draws a picture of a gun, they make no investigation and arrest the man then won’t apologise for doing their job? What job is that over reacting? I do hope the gent seeks legal counsil for distress pain and emotional abuse the government inflicted on his children, as well as false imprisonment, false arrest and harassement by the police. I’d also seek an injeuction or recourse for that “director” to be fired! What’s this? Co-parenting…. So does this mean the school will now be paying child support? I mean they are the co-parent after all!

  8. Bill Elder says:

    Let’s face it Brian, what we are now becoming aware of, due to so many daily incidents which outrage our sense of civil liberty, is that we have created a monster. By allowing elites in academia, media and the political class actuate their agenda of a planned society, run by “experts” and enforced by a quasi-police state, we have lost control of our freedoms – even our own destiny. From our family to our thinking to the very smallest of personal decisions, the socially engineering state presumes to intervene to “perfect” the imperfect masses. Of course this is morally and intellectually wrong. Controlling people’s smallest choices with the raging blunt force of the leviathan state leaves in its wake millions of shattered lives and a social toll worse than the righteous chaos of freedom and self-determination. We witnessed the fall-out of the planned society in every nation who tried it in the 20th century.
    We have seen elitist meddling gang up on us incrementally. We went from the principles of a liberal democratic commonwealth, to an interventionist communitarian collective and now are heading towards a misanthropic, unjust totalitarianism where the elite regulators/engineers are at war with the masses to make a dystopian social construct work. But it can’t work. It was doomed from inception. It was doomed because it was simply a bad idea/theory.
    If we reduced the political ideologies or “isms” to their core element they break down into two distinct ideals. The classic natural law ideologies see man and society as individuals with free destiny, who exist to fulfil personal goals/destinies. However the postmodern planned societies are diametrically opposed to this – these presume that man exists for the benefit and utility of others, not himself and to achieve some theoretical utopia, man must be forced against his natural instinct into a planned and controlled collective – away from the chaos of personal freedom.
    For 40 years Canada’s academia has been churning out disciples of the postmodern school of social engineering. At a political, bureaucratic and administrative level this creates an elitist class who feel it is their right/duty to lay claim on control of our personal destinies and to sculpt us into the model citizen through regulating, indoctrinating and zero tolerance agenda/policy driven policing. We saw this demonstrated very starkly in Kitchener where the act of an innocent child graphically depicting a utopian political taboo, sent the gate keepers of engineered society into a paranoid witch hunt stomping out the blasphemous ideological anomaly with the overcompensating blunt force of the leviathan state – the molders of corrected society demand strict compliant uniformity, zombie-like conformity and zero tolerance for dissenting or differing opinion, beliefs or lifestyle.
    We see the gate keepers of the engineered society are completely unempathetic, or apologetic and defiantly claim they were right and will do so again…

  9. Bill Elder says:

    Cont…We see the gate keepers of the engineered society are completely unempathetic, or apologetic and defiantly claim they were right and will do so again because stamping out nonconformity to the prime agenda of a uniform, conformed engineered society is “policy” now. They truly believe this Brian, because they themselves are conditioned in a dystopian ideal. As remorseless enforcers of natural injustice they become openly misanthropic – all the while selling their dystopic ideal as “humane”.
    You were so right to quote CS Lewis on his inspired observation that those conditioned to believe they are right will create a tyranny and destroy homes, families and lives with their bad ideas because they do so with a clear conscience. This is the worst of all tyrannies because it is relentless and remorseless.
    This is the amoral unrelenting force you face if you wish to resist this Borg-like bureaucratic tyranny. 40 years of the political/ruling class indoctrinated in a unrelenting agenda to implement dystopic ideals has created a culture of fear in those who value freedom. Where to start? Ballot Box, Jury Box? No, we never elected those who torment us for our own good. Now where?

  10. John says:

    Maybe you don’t want to go there but considering how hard Mohammad Shafia’s three daughters tried to get away from him,with everyone tip-toeing around not wanting to be labelled a radist,one has to wonder if Jessie Sansone was anything but a white male if the police and school officals would have been in such a hurry to prosecute him.

  11. rightinthewest says:

    Elder you’re right we have suffered from a cultural demoralization. I think however it is quite superficial, and can be relatively easily reversed. The key to the leftists at it’s core a simple case of messaging. Starting in the university sociology departments they spread as you say their activist “disciples” all over society landing in positions that give them command over our culture. They control social narrative through the media, they control perception through misshapen art, they control young minds through education, the list goes on and on. It’s a brilliant and complex plan you have to admit, that is until you get caught. And I think they’ve been caught. All we have to do is reverse the narrative, sun news is a good start,but we also have to become more active in understanding what is happening around us and preventing it as we see it.

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