Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A whole new meaning to nanny state

If you thought that government intervention into our personal lives couldn't get any worse, it has. 80 year old Thomas Hanaway of Winnipeg has literally had his life taken over by the Public Trustees office, taking his pension cheques, cleaning out his bank account - with no permission from his family to do so. A World War II veteran, Mr. Hanaway suffers from Parkinson's disease, but as the Winnipeg Sun's Tom Brodbeck accounts, he is lucid and well cared for by his wife and their son, not to mention the daily visits from home care workers who bath and care for him.

In what can only be described as a fundamental loss of personal freedom, Brodbeck explains why this happened and warns that in some cases, criminals have more rights than law abiding citizens under the Trustee.

To add insult to injury, Hanaway's wife Grace, recently discovered she is unable to access her pension cheques as they are put into a joint account which was seized by the Public Trustee.

To their credit, the Opposition Tories are calling on the Doer Government to take action and clean up this mess and to protect citizens from future violations by the Office of the Public Trustee. Even the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been fielding phone calls on this issue as citizens are concerned that they too could have their lives taken over by government

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