Isn’t it interesting how this is introduced simultaneously with a similar program in the US. The fix is in for yet more state alignment with the economy. Naturally, it’s all voluntary at first, with inducements and awards. But then, the social pressure builds – I volunteered, why didn’t you? And then, it becomes necessary to introduce legislation to ensure the dissenters and laggards are drafted to help the economy. Of course, this has happened before, in both more and less benign forms. The point here is if the economy completely collapses the only agency you’ll be able to work for will be the state. That’s called serfdom, and this is the thin edge of that wedge. And it happens just slowly enough so that you don’t know what’s happening until one day you look up from your TV and the country has changed. Thanks a lot, Justin, for getting that rolling. You really want to be a part of this?
Julie Smyth, National Post
February 25, 2009
Justin Trudeau, the MP and son of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, presents his first motion in the House today. By chance or luck, he drew the first slot for private member motions.
His motion, M-299, calls for a national voluntary service policy and reads:
That the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities be instructed to consider the introduction in Canada of a national voluntary service policy for young people by analyzing existing programs and using the work done by the Voluntary Sector Initiative in 2003 as its point of departure; by holding public hearings; and by presenting a report to the House no later than October 2009 that would contain among other things a review of similar policies in the rest of the world and a summary of the evidence heard.
The motion will be presented at 5:30 p.m. He will give a 15-minute speech, which will be followed by an hour-long debate and then a five-minute question period.
Trudeau’s motion echos Katimavik, the youth volunteer service which his father helped start in 1977.
Last night in a speech to Congress, President Barack Obama also spoke on a similar theme, saying “I know that the price of tuition is higher than ever, which is why if you are willing to volunteer in your neighborhood or give back to your community or serve your country, we will make sure that you can afford a higher education. And to encourage a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations.”
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