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Oh Canada! - What's Good for Your Goose is Good for Your Gander!

Updated: Feb 19, 2021




A Hornets Nest


I am taking this time out from my daily life to share some thoughts on the current Canadian government, and what I’m seeing as an issue of double standards.


It all started a few months back, while my wife and I were on a trip to visit my parents in South Africa.


While travelling, and keeping up to date with travel restrictions and expectations during this COVID season, we discovered that Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wanted to implement legislation that would see international travellers arriving in Canada, quarantined upon arrival in government designated hotels, for a determined period of time, and at the travellers own expense.


Understandably, this idea generated quite a hornets nest in the legal world, due to it’s human rights constitutionality, but it was the sub-topic of the hotel quarantine cost bearing which immediately caught my attention.


Who's on the Hook?


As Canada’s Minister of Public Health, Bill Blair made a statement in respect to who the Liberal Party believes should carry the cost of the said government mandated hotel stay. To highlight the point in question, I quote from narcity.com, their article titled. “Travellers Will Have To Pay Over $2K For Hotel Quarantine Because Travel Is A ‘Choice’” - January 29, 2021.


It quotes Bill Blair, and I quote; “We don't believe that Canadian taxpayers should be on the hook for paying any part of the cost for the choice and decision that some individual has made to engage in non-essential discretionary travel.” - Bill Blair

And, another from ctvnews.ca in an article titled, “'Now is just not the time to be flying': PM Trudeau announces new travel restrictions” - January 29, 2021.


"If they're going to make that choice then they should bear the full cost and responsibility of all the measures that are necessary to keep Canadians safe,” - Bill Blair


I would like to thank Bill Blair for clarifying the Liberal party’s position on this point, and what, I am assuming, is his personal stand too. I, along with many Canadians, agree wholeheartedly with him that the consequences of personal choices and decisions should not be the burden of Canadian taxpayers.


"Thank you Mr. Blair. I believe that you and the Liberal Party of Canada mean this sincerely!"


Funding Choices


With this now established, that the Liberal Party, many Canadians, and myself, all agree on the above said point, I present this following unambiguous statement to the Government of Canada.


Dear Government of Canada.


Please stop funding abortion!


Thank you.


Darrin Clark


Yes, you read that correctly! PLEASE STOP FUNDING ABORTION!


How on earth did the topic of traveller quarantine so rapidly arrive at the topic of abortion? You might ask. Or, what’s abortion got to do with hotel bills? Read on, for my logic.


I’d like to remind us of two things, to begin with. Firstly, in June of 2019, Justin Trudeau announced that starting in 2023 Canada would be adding seven-hundred-million dollars per year, for the next ten years, to our already committed one-billion-and-one-hundred-million dollar annual donation, specifically to international women’s sexual and reproductive health initiatives.


Secondly, that any money spent by the government is taxpayer money, and, therefore, the beneficiaries are classified as taxpayer funded. This includes the salaries of any and all government employees, the Prime Minister included. Yes, we, the taxpayers, fund the ability for you politicians to live. You’re welcome!


Both of those points above are facts, and important to remember.


How Much!!?


Let me put this new Liberal Party spending commitment in numerals.


$700,000,000.00 + $1,100,000,000.00 = $1,800,000,000.00


That is an outrageous amount of money that we, the taxpayers of Canada, are spending on others while not taking care of our own more pressing issues.


A little about me. I pay a lot of my hard earned income in taxes! Therefore, I take this personally - what I believe is yet another display of flagrant double standards within this Government as they liberally spend my hard work. But enough about me and my opinions, let get back to facts.


Plumbing 101

At the risk of sounding prideful or more knowledgeable than others, I’d like to walk through the process which leads to abortion, and, if the connection hasn’t yet been made, why we should now stop funding them, now!


The reason that abortions are performed is because women become pregnant. I have four kids, I know how this works!


What that means is that during their relationship, be it a one night stand or long term relationship, or, anything in-between, a man and a woman had sexual intercourse. And, then what happened was, due to that intercourse the guys sperm found the woman’s ova and embedded itself in it. The result - the forming and developing of another human life, a child, a baby. I’m not a scientist, but I know some things!


I’m sure I don’t have to elaborate further as to how the sperm got up there, but suffice to say that it didn’t get there on its own accord. Actually, it’s accurate to say that their sexual conduct was their choice and decision at that moment. Yes, you understand that, too. TO HAVE SEX WAS THEIR CHOICE!


Stats 'n Facts


Before writing this this letter, and due to the importance of having reliable information from trustworthy sources, I thought I’d take the opportunity to research some abortion facts from the Guttmacher Institute, guttmacher.org. Along with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States of America, the Guttmacher Institute is a well known provider of statistics on abortions and women’s reproductive health issues. They present their findings at four year intervals.


While the article which I will reference was published in 2005, we must bear in mind that little has changed in these statistics other than the quantitative numbers, not the reasons. For todays statistics, the reasons captured during their research on the topic, remain the same as in their previous research, with variances only in their relative percentages.


Now one might be tempted to quickly correct me, and say that women’s health issues is more than just abortions, and, that I am magnifying a minor issue, but let’s be mature enough to see though that smoke of the terminology facade.


To see through this smoke, a simple analysis of the data from the Guttmacher Institute, reveals the reasons why women are wanting to have abortions, clarifying for us what is actually behind the facade of sexual and reproductive heath titles and initiatives. Let’s pull up our big boy pants and cut the crap!


I am sure that we can confidently agree, while I’m sure they advocate for, and promote, pre ova fertilization contraception, sexual and reproductive initiatives consider pregnancy termination as a legitimate form of birth control. Here’s confirmation.


On May 18, 2019, CBC.ca posted and article titled, “Abortion barriers in Canada are back in spotlight following passage of abortion bans in U.S.” I take this directly from this article which, as the title indicates, refers intentionally and specifically to abortion in Canada, its legality, and its accessibility.


I quote; - "People often conflate the two, [legality and accessibility of abortion] thinking that because it's decriminalized, it's very easy to access in our country — and it's not the case," said Frédérique Chabot, director of health promotion at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.


Confirming the intent, the speaker goes on to say; ”There's been very little progress done to make sure that abortion is actually, in fact, accessible to everyone in Canada equally."


The name of the organization, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, together with the article subject, confirms the deep connection between abortion and sexual and reproductive health terminology. A quick peruse through an internet search will yield multiple confirmations, as equally and as clearly.


One may also be tempted to continue a defensive argument of how this taxpayer money is spent not only on aborting babies, but to support women’s mental and emotional health, affected by unwanted pregnancies.


Yes, I too think that mental and emotional health is important, and important to address, this is another point on which I think most Canadians would agree, and one which I will return to later.


With all the above said, I’d like to offer some statistical information as presented by the Guttmacher Institute.


In their article titled, “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives”, they present four stages of their research. Context, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.


After describing the Context of the research, and the Methods used in acquiring their information, they continue to present the findings in the Results section. Quoting directly from their findings, here are the results:


Results: The reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%). Nearly four in 10 women said they had completed their childbearing, and almost one-third were not ready to have a child. Fewer than 1% said their parents’ or partners’ desire for them to have an abortion was the most important reason. Younger women often reported that they were unprepared for the transition to motherhood, while older women regularly cited their responsibility to dependents.”


Furthermore, according to this same Guttmacher Institute article, less than one percent (1%) of the number of abortions performed, are done so due to impregnation from rape. This documented statistic now disempowers any argument that rape is a major contributing factor for the need for abortion, in the guise of women’s sexual and reproductive health.


The article continues, explaining that there are various and specific reasons that people express as their reason for aborting their baby, and in-depth interviews with respondents gave an average of five reasons for why they were ending their pregnancy.


“However, women’s responses often did not fit the categories of the structured survey; the reasons tended to overlap between the domains of unplanned pregnancy, financial instability, unemployment, single motherhood and current parenting responsibilities.”


For example, one 25-year-old woman, separated from her husband, said:

“Neither one of us are really economically prepared. For myself, I’ve been out of work for almost two years now, I just started, you know, receiving benefits from DSS and stuff. And with my youngest child being three years old, and me...constantly applying for jobs for a while now,...if I got a job, I’m going to have to go on maternity leave. And with [the father],...let’s just say, with four children, I don’t think he needs another one.”—Mother of two, below the poverty line.”


An argument could also be made that Guttmacher Institute’s statistics are only for the US of A, but that’s a weak interjection. While global abortion statistics may differ from those in the US of A, depending on the country and region, they do so with the only major variants being the percentages and influences from being below the poverty line. The other differences, and even these variants, are not significant enough to warrant the argument of the US of A statistics being globally irrelevant. It is, therefore, safe to accept that the reasons for abortion, and the reason why woman become pregnant is the same the world over!


It is also interesting to note, at this point, that the article itself has no record of mental health as a reason for an abortion being sought. As we have previously mentioned, it’s evident that a persons mental health is affected by experiences such as unwanted pregnancy; but this is true for every experience we have in life, good and bad, so suggesting that argument as a major influence specifically to support abortion, is grossly misaligned.


Having now returned to the topic of emotional and mental health, when my wife and I travelled to South Africa in January, it was for important emotional and mental reasons, aside from us being fortunate enough to engage in business opportunities while there.


Our parents are at the age in their lives when anything could happen with their health, and we could lose anyone of them at any time. This is neither an emotionally nor mentally easy place to be, for us nor for them; I know that many Canadians can identify with this truth. Therefore, it is important to ensure that we care for their emotional and mental health, and travelling outside of Canada is important to this end.

Similarly, in the midst of this repressive season in Canadian, and global, history, for some, being able to take a vacation is equally as important to both emotional and mental health.


With businesses collapsing, people in fear of losing their incomes, their homes, and even family and friends to suicide and addictions; the list goes endlessly on, the importance of emotional and mental health is monumental, and people need the time away, the distraction, the break. It is for these and various other personal reasons, that Canadians make a choice and decision to travel, and rightly so.


This all seems to be a long-winded expose’ simply to address taxpayer funding of a quarantined hotel stay, for those who choose to travel abroad. It is, but it’s important.


Keep it Simple


I’d like to summarize the points and from all of the above information, which, I think, us Canadians can agree on.

  1. Canada taxpayers should not be on the hook to pay for peoples personal, non-essential, and discretionary choices.

  2. Canada is spending $1.8 Billion dollars of taxpayer money on funding women’s sexual and reproductive initiatives. (And, by-the-way, it’s not to help them get pregnant or have better sex!)

  3. Sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is what makes a woman pregnant.

  4. Sexual and reproductive initiates are heavily inclusive of abortions. (If not primarily concerned with pregnancy terminations, as the words sexual and reproductive would indicate, and the fact that they exist not to assist in better sex or more pregnancies.)

  5. Women’s mental health is connected to unwanted pregnancies, and is therefore important to consider and address. (Women’s mental health is also affected by a myriad of other influences, but which we don’t give the weight.)

  6. Verified and factual statistics, provided by reliable sources such as the Guttmacher Institute, are important, authoritative, and necessary.


Simplifying all the above information into these six point shows us that, no matter which side of the isle we sit, us Canadians, and all humans for that matter, are really not that far apart in our logic, common sense, and basic beliefs.


In the light of this all, my statement, “Please stop funding abortion!” is founded simply on ethics, integrity, common sense, and logic.


It's Logic


Logic #1. Abortions performed both in Canada and globally, are Canadian taxpayer funded, and are the result of choices and decisions of individuals.


Logic #2. In the sincerity of the Liberal Party of Canada’s stated belief about taxpayer funding, the application of that belief should be applied equally and uniformly, to both quarantine and abortion expenses.


Logic #3. Pregnancy is a result of a persons choice and decision. And, travel is a result of a persons choice and decision. With all the excuses for funding abortions now no longer relevant, the decision to engage in sexual activity and the decision to travel should be treated equally.

Logic # 4. If taxpayers fund abortions, then taxpayers should fund hotel quarantine costs.


Logic #5. Inversely to Logic #4, If taxpayers shouldn’t pay for government mandated hotel quarantine costs, then…


PLEASE STOP FUNDING ABORTIONS! - the act of sexual intercourse which gave the man’s sperm the opportunity to imbed itself into the woman’s ova, was the choice and decision that they made to engage in non-essential and discretionary sex!


Taking Liberty from the Liberals


I've taken the liberty to adopt and restate Mr. Bill Blair’s comments, as my own.


“We don't believe that Canadian taxpayers should be on the hook for paying any part of the cost for the choice and decision that some individual has made to engage in non-essential discretionary sex.” - Darrin Clark


And,


"If they're going to make that choice then they should bear the full cost and responsibility of all the measures that are necessary to raise the child” - Darrin Clark


But, Sex ... !


But, sex is natural and a human right! Well so is my life, my livelihood, and my family!


But, sex is a primal instinct! Well so is my care for my well-being!


Oh Canada! What’s good for your goose is good for your gander!


Personally, I’d prefer that you stop your double standards and end the funding of the murder of innocent babies. If you did that, I’d happily pay the expenses of a hotel stay upon return from an emotionally and mentally benefiting health trip aboard.


It’s become my conviction that the moral compass of the Canadian government, and Canadian Politics, has lost its true north. Are politicians even remotely interested in recovering it? Or, are they just enjoying wandering in circles, all the while collecting their taxpayer funded salaries?


Or Maybe? Just Maybe?


On the other hand, maybe this isn’t about taxpayer money anyway? Maybe the Liberal heroism over women’s sexual and reproductive initiatives is not about Canada being the nice guy - and the federal government’s continued ideology to stand "unequivocally" for women's rights and the right to choose, according to Mr. Trudeau, isn’t really about their kindness, after all?


Could there be a deeper agenda, like population control, some something like that!? - Just asking for a friend?



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