Vive Le Canada

It takes an American to combat Canada's violent crime
Date: Sunday, January 15 2006

It takes an American to combat Canada's violent crime
By Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,
Friday, January 13, 2006

We are now in the final days of the federal election campaign and as predicted the race started to turn ugly after the Christmas break. The sinking and ever desperate Liberals found that they canít scare Canadians with Stephen Harperís "hidden agenda", the tactic that worked so well in 2004. Well, if you canít scare the squeamish among us, mainly Ontarians, with visions of gays and lesbians in concentration camps and women jailed for seeking abortions, you just have to scare them with something else. Now the Liberals are portraying Harper as being too close to those "damn American bastards". The Conservative Party leader is being portrayed as being everything from George W. Bushís newest best friend to a pawn of the Republicans and right wing American think tanks.

It is ironic then that in a country where anti-Americanism plays so well and where so many Canadians love to define their country by what it isnít--the United States of America--we are now looking to an American in the hopes of stemming the increase in gun violence that is now plaguing Toronto and other Canadian cities.

Reverend Eugene Rivers, an American, was invited to spend a few days in Toronto by Reverend Don Meredith and the GTA Faith Alliance. Rivers was a key player in the so-called "Boston Miracle" that saw the murder rate in that city drop from 150 murders in 1990 to 31 in 1999. The Boston clergyman advocates a combination of tough law enforcement together with solving social programs. Rivers told a Toronto audience that the black community, including religious leaders and parents need to be involved in order to stop the mostly black-on-black crime that is occurring on the streets of Canadaís largest city.

The reality is that Rev. Rivers is not really saying anything that hasnít been said before by some members of Torontoís black community. Yet when the American pastor expounds on his ideas, he is treated as Canadaís only hope for solving the runaway problem of violent gun crime.

Eugene Rivers has what Canadians do not have--he has American values, which we all know are different than Canadian values. He has the view that taking action and being responsible is not something that is reserved to various levels of government.


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