By Courtney & Tina (Grade 7)
This letter is about $20,000,000 dollars, a politician named
Sheila Copps, and most of all, keeping Canada together.
Last February, Sheila Copps launched the One Million Flags
Challenge for Canadians to fly one million new Canadian flags
by next February 15, the 32nd anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag.
To help Canadians meet this deadline, she hired 24 students to
answer the toll-free phone lines for free flag orders and registrations
for existing flags.
The only problem is that, since the flags are free, the money
to pay for them will collectively come from all the taxpayers.
Now it's up to you as a Canadian to choose to fly the Canadian
flag or to help fight the Canadian debt.
By Courtney (Grade 7)
Yes I want a flag.
I like what Sheila Copps is doing. It's a really good way
to keep Quebec in Canada. It is people like Sheila Copps that
don't care about the deficit problem, just about keeping Canadians
Gaston Leroux, the Quebec separatist critic quotes, "This
government says that the first objective they have is jobs, but
they have no money for job programs. They do find millions and
millions of dollars to spend for propaganda." But if Sheila
Copps didn't have the flag challenge, I bet Quebec would separate
in mere months.
Gaston Leroux thinks that, because just 8.3% of the flags
have been ordered from Quebec, it means that the challenge has
been a total failure. Some Quebec citizens may have registered
their flags, and 8.3% out of thousands of flags is still quite
a few. Reform critic Jim Abbot says that it is typical of Copps'
"act-first-think-later" approach to government. Abbot
states, "She has absolutely no sense of what it takes to
put together a program and run it responsibly."
Despite all the politicians and critics against her, Sheila
Copps is still ensuring that all the three to five thousand calls
every day are answered and is determined to pay for the free
flags requested by Canadians.
By Tina (Grade 7)
I am certainly not going to get a free flag.
I do love and respect my country but I don't think Canada
should waste $20 million on flag freebies. I think it's a waste
of money. Canada should put the money towards something more
important, like the huge debt Canada owes to other countries.
I know $20 million doesn't sound like a lot of money compared
to the billions of dollars Canada owes other countries but we'll
have to pay that off slowly. We won't be able to pay all that
money at once.
Another reason I don't think I should get a flag is because
Mrs. Sheila Copps already has a debt she owes Canada. If she
could pay off that debt maybe this would be a better idea but
she hasnt paid it and has no intentions of paying it; there
is no reason to make her departments and Canada's debt bigger.
No, I am not going to get a free flag, for many reasons, not
just one. I understand many people think that it would make Canada
a better country by flying our flag but I disagree. Canada should
pay its debt to make it a better country, not add to it
by flying a flag!