|Reader clarifies stance on child labour|
|Local Content - Letters to the Editor|
|Written by production|
|Wednesday, 21 November 2012 18:32|
In response to Hans Visser's comments on my letter to the editor, let me make my position very clear. The children myself, and David Swann are referring to are NOT the farmer’s children. I am not commenting on a farmer teaching his children to drive farm equipment, or assigning chores to his children to instill in them a good work ethic, and build character. I am also not referring to the many Mexican Mennonite families that have immigrated to this country and the province of Alberta, that are hard working labourers, and wonderful friends and neighbours that contribute a lot to their communities. These families ensure their children are educated, either at local schools, or in credited distance learning programs. I am encouraged, as Cheryl Gilmore is, at the increase in this culture’s acceptance of the educational opportunities available to them.
I am referring to those families that refuse to allow their children to be educated, and insist they go to work to contribute their paycheque to the family income, and the farming operations that hire them. Canadians ought to stop this exploitation and protect children with the Education Act, but as the practice is continuing to this day, other measures must be taken. These children have no voice, and their rights must be protected.
I am growing increasingly impatient with immigrants and cultures who want to live in this great country, but not follow or respect Canadian rules and regulations. The lesson these parents need to be taught is in this country, children have a right to be educated in order for them to be able to make choices regarding their adult future.
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