April 27, 2006

Abuse victims targeted by car ad

Toronto Sun

Thu, April 27, 2006


VANCOUVER -- A used car dealer in Prince George, B.C., is facing criticism for an ad that encourages victims of residential school abuse to use settlements to buy cars.

The Action Motors ad in the Stuart Nechako Advertiser last week said: "To recipients of Lejac Settlements ... Buy with no money now ... Pay later!"

Lejac Residential School was one of over 100 residential schools across Canada with a history of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. The mandatory school for natives was run by the Catholic Church up to the 1970s.

A compensation deal was reached this week with Ottawa and is expected to be cleared by cabinet in a matter of days.

Posted by kshaw at April 27, 2006 06:41 AM