Part 5


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Sue chains herself to Prime Minister’s fence in Ottawa, Canada

Sue chained herself to the iron fence shown in this picture at the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Ave in Ottawa on November 21, 2000 to protest the cuts to Vocational Rehabilitation for people with disabilities like Sue.
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Below  is a picture of the former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien         
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A picture of Rex Murphy, television commentator

Above is a photo of the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In front of the house is an iron gate where Sue chained herself.

Sue chained herself to the iron fence shown in this picture at the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Ave in Ottawa on November 21, 2000 to protest the cuts to Vocational Rehabilitation for people with disabilities like Sue.

Jane Scharf dn701 at freenet.carleton.ca 
Mon Nov 27 07:28:02 EST 2000


P R E S S  R E L E A S E       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Persons with Disabilities Shafted Again

Contact: Sue Clark: between 10:30 and 3:00 at 231-6722 or 234-7492

On Monday November 21, Sue Clark Chained herself to the gates of 24 Sussex
home of Prime Minister Chretien to protest the loss of all vocational
rehabilitation sevices for persons with disabilities. The loses are due to
withdrawal of the national standards and funding by the Liberals in 1996
when they brought in the Social Transfer Act.

Chretien defended himself about  Sue Clark's accusation of no vocational
rehabilitation help for the disabled left in Canada  in an interview with
Rex Murphy on Friday November 24. In the interview Chretien said we are
doing a lot of good things for the disabled with HRDC money. (This is the
first time to our knowledge that a public statement about he disabled has
been made in this election.)

Chretien said he visited a program the other day that was helping disabled
with training so they might be able to get a job someday. THEN HE SAID THEY
WERE BEING SHOWEN HOW TO MAKE SKIES AND SKI POLES. And that it warmed his
heart to see these people who are very disabled doing work. Fortunately
this will enrage the community of persons with disabilities because this is
not voc. rehab. this is WORKFARE the only so called help left. No basic or
post secondary and no real skills training. All low-end entry level work
with no remuneration.  And it is very very doubtful they will ever be hired
because a) the government does not protect from discrimination any longer
and b) what call for hiring would there be in an industry that has access
to free staff doing the work on workfare.

Sue Clark says, her peers are being forced into slavery because of their
disabilities. WORKFARE  is  not dignified and it entrenches our
helplessness and hopelessness. Workfare is against the United Nations Human
Rights Declaration under which Canada is a signatory and in gross violation
of section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is suppose to
protect us for discrimination. The only reason they are able to force into
workfare is because we have disabilities.

Our disability pension levels already leave us in destitution and now we
are offered workfare as our only option to disability pension instead of
education or proper skills training.

This is war against Canada's most vulnerable and I am prepared to fight if
the government is going to continue to treat us like second class citizens.
At least 10% of the population have to contend with disabilities, which is
enough of a burden without right wing bigots like Chretien, plotting our
demise in favour of big business interests.

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Chretien Defence Against the Sue Clark Chaining

Jane Scharf dn701 at freenet.carleton.ca 
Sun Nov 26 07:39:32 EST 2000


Dear Enlightened Electorate: Chretien defended himself about the Sue Clark’s accusaton about no vocational rehabiliation help for the disabled left. Rex Murphy interviewed Chretien on Friday and Chretien said, we are doing a lot of good things for the disabled with HRDC money. (This is the first time to our knowledge that a public statement about he disabled has been made in this election.) Chretien said he visited a program the other day that was helping disabled with training so they might be able to get a job someday. THEN HE SAID THEY WERE BEING SHOWEN HOW TO MAKE SKIES AND SKI POLES. And that it warmed his heart to see these people who are very disabled doing work. Fortunately this will enrage the community of persons with disabilities because this is not voc. rehab. this is WORKFARE the only so called help left. No basic or post secondary and no real skills training. All low end entry level work with no renumeration. And it is very very doubtful they will ever be hired because a) the government does not protect from discrimination any longer and b) what call for hiring would there be in an industry that has access to free staff doing the work on workfare – Jane Scharf, Canada Action Party Candidate for Leeds and Grenville http:www.CanadianActionParty.ca 
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