On Tuesday, The Sun newspaper chain greeted us with this lovely cover:
What, you may ask, is about Madi? Madi is sick and the costs of her medication are astronomical. The Sun in its relentless drive to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable has taken aim at the people who are causing Madi such pain: refugees. It’s those damned refugees, you see, who are gobbling up all the politicians time as they attempt to use up all of our health care, and that leaves nothing for Madi.
The Ontario provincial government, led by Premier Kathleen Wynne, are lobbying the government to coddle refugees while good ol’ Canadians, like Madi, are left to rot.
Here is, in part, what The Sun‘s Christina Blizzard writes:
We can’t even afford life-saving drugs for a child who has lived in this province all her life. Whose family has paid taxes for generations.
But in a foot-stamping, blame-the-feds act of cynicism, apparently we have enough money to pay for health care for refugee claimants.
When I came here, I was just glad to be accepted into a country that is full of so much hope and promise. This is the land that was built on the sweat of can-do people who came looking for work — not handouts.
At a time when our health-care system is failing children like Madi, there’s no way we should be expanding coverage for refugee claimants.
This is just red meat for racists. There’s absolutely no substance to it. Shall we walk through everything that is wrong The Sun‘s article?
- OHIP (the Ontario Health Insurance Plan) doesn’t cover prescription drugs (other than when you’re hospitalized). It never has. Nothing has been changed to favour refugees over sweet Canadian girls like Madi. The province may cover the cost of drugs sometimes, but not always.
- It’s all a false choice. They could easily say that the province is choosing to pave highways instead of helping Madi, or building schools instead of helping Madi, or providing chemotherapy for cancer patients instead of helping Madi.
- Regardless, Ontario is lobbying for federal money to pay for refugee health coverage. If they’re successful, that won’t change how much money Ontario has to spend (or not spend) on Madi’s treatment.
- Ms. Blizzard has decided that these refugees are uppity foreigners who don’t know their place… not like when she came here (though she doesn’t make clear whether or not she was a refugee).
- The Sun is continuing its attacks on refugees. In response to a mild influx of Tamil refugees a few years ago, The Sun declared, “lock and load would be our approach“. That’s right; in the debate over refugee treatment, the editors of The Sun come down on the side of murder.
The plight of poor Madi is heartbreaking. So is the plight of countless refugees forced to flee their country, hoping to find a bit of hope and safety in Canada. It’s sickening that The Sun and Christina Blizzard use the former to provide coverage for their hateful attack on the latter.