I want to let you know that I am going to sue the government of Canada. If I win, all of you will be picking up a little piece of my new good fortune. I don’t intend to be greedy; just a modest couple of million dollars will keep me happy.
I suddenly realized the trauma I suffered was directly linked to how the government treated me, and others of my generation. Of course, the impact of that trauma also hit my children and grandchildren, so they need to be compensated as well. If I had not been traumatized by government actions in my childhood, I am sure I would have accomplished much more. I would have been healthier, richer and been a much better person.
The complaint I have with government is that they robbed me of the guidance of a father for the first six years of my life. Just because they got involved in a war against Germany, Italy and Japan, they felt they needed my father more than I did. I was not consulted and neither was my father. He had to join up or be considered a disloyal cad. There was little choice, because if he did not, the propaganda campaign of the government of the day would have made him look irresponsible and cowardly in the eyes of the community,
Those very formative years were spent in a culture fairly well dominated by women.
The only male role models we had were men who were either old, unfit, or both. While they did a great job of trying to fill the fatherless gap, they were not my dad and that made a big difference. The cranky attitude I had in my teen years was directly fed by the example of some of the old men. I didn’t know that you were only allowed to be cranky when you got grey hair and I didn’t have an example of cheerful, full bodied manhood to emulate. That must be what made me old well before my time. Think what a cheerful adult I could have been if I’d had a father to guide me in those early years.
The time is ripe for this kind of action. We have a society that says the government should compensate and apologize to people for events that happened decades ago. So many are stepping up to the trough to collect for one perceived hurt or another. If I can turn it into a class action, we should win without difficulty, especially if we have to go all the way to the Supreme Court. They seem to frequently use fuzzy logic, so they would have great sympathy for the plight of me, and others like me. The odds are in my favour.
While I am at it, I will also be suing the Provincial Government, specifically the Ministry of Education, for compensation for the abuse suffered at school. You can well imagine what a failing mark can do to one’s self esteem. The abuse of detentions, extra work and the constant demands to do better caused great hurt to me. They should have known better than to so abuse a child already weakened from not having a father for the first six years of his life. I don’t think they can defend themselves against the charges. I can find, and prove, many acts of defiance and lack of discipline that just would not have existed within me, had I been allowed the privilege of a normal childhood.
Now if I can just find a lawyer who will act on my behalf; on a contingency basis, of course
Victor Bowman was born in Prince George and raised in Vanderhoof. He returned to Prince George 32 years ago and currently operate a consulting business. Please direct comments c/o firstname.lastname@example.org