To the editor,
At a recent public lecture by Scott Taylor I could forgive the Halifax Peace Coalition for highjacking the audience while introducing him; after all, they were a sponsor. I could not, however, pardon their blatant effort to deceive the audience.
Armed with a handout, the HPC "proved" that the federal government budgets more for National Defence than for education, Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Health, Human Resources, Justice and international aid—combined. The most obvious fault in this statement is to believe that more money is budgeted to National Defence than health care. Although their attached Statement of Revenues and Expenses from Public Accounts Canada was intended to strengthen their position, it quickly exposed their blunder. The federal government's health expenditures, contributed to the province via federal transfer payments, had been ignored. If included, the health care budget would have trumped all other accounts.
My question to the HPC is this: How can you expect an educated audience to take you seriously when you deliberately omit such an obvious and crucial piece of information? I generally respect your efforts and admire your work, but you undermine your own credibility with such shortsighted shock-value propaganda.
By Peter VanBerkel