Small government....except when you need it
Tasha Kheiriddin is a friend which is why it was hard to sit down and write a rebuttal to a column published in today's National Post (you can read it here). Tasha writes about her special needs daughter who has autism and needs the best possible teachers to ensure she has a bright future. Tasha says that's why she can't vote for Tim Hudak; because he's going to cut the kind of support services she wants to be there for her daughter.
Of course I'm with Tasaha on this; I want the best for her daughter and all people who need a leg up. But what I can't wrap my head around is that up until she had a special needs daughter, Tasha was a hard core, Ayn Rand inspired "government is the enemy" conservative who thought everyone should look after themselves.
But that's been my experience; social conservatives change their minds about homosexuality when their kids come out. People with addiction in the family change their minds about locking drug addicts up. Parents with kids who need help suddenly see that we all have a collective role in lifting disadvantaged people to a new level.
I guess I just wish they saw it that way before it was personal.