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Letters to the Editor, July 19

I see that the border will be closed until Aug. 21 because of COVID-19. That is very good because one leader is listening to the experts and another is almost laughing at the science. I feel that it should be closed until after the election in November, then be re-evaluated from there. If Biden wins, open it as soon as possible.

Scott McMaster

(You do know there are still flights coming and going between the two countries)

I am here today to apologize to our supreme leader and the people of his Liberal Party. I have not paid my taxes for last year. Upon much reflection, I now realize that this was wrong and for this, I am truly and sincerely sorry. Going forward, I will be putting things in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Our supreme leader and his party expect it because it is the right thing to do. I also have a friend with two daughters who didn’t pay either. We will be having discussions with them to chart a way forward. I’ve had to understand and accept your apologies three times now for your indiscretions where there were no penalties given, so I hope that as we are all Canadian equals in the eyes of our supreme leader, I can be forgiven also and without penalty.

R. Collins

(Good one!)

When the radical left decided in their infinite wisdom to shut down debate on everything on the ‘right’ by preventing right-wing speakers from speaking and suing right-wing businesses, protesting anything right-wing and boycotting companies for having a different opinion than the left, what is left to talk about. We on the right can’t speak without financial ruin or public shaming for simply not agreeing with the left. They believe they know how we all should live and that is the end of it.

Wayne Martin

(And it is a terrifying world they envision for the rest of us)

I listened to the prime minister’s daily blunder July 13 while he self isolates from his job. It was interesting how he spun this WE fiasco as only his desire to help students, and how he had no idea how much his family got paid. One reporter mentioned that the amount to be given was much more then the students were to receive (question never answered). Ironically there was absolutely no mention to Finance Minister Bill Morneau failing to realize his own daughter works for WE yet he never pulled out of the voting. What a clown act we are watching while the rest of Canada is being stepped on by size 25 shoes from inept elites. When will the channel change?

Sid Snider

(Not soon enough)

Re “Nothing civil about it” (Brian Lilley, July 17): Justin Trudeau should take credit for his decision to outsource the student grant program to the WE organization. It was the right decision. However, the concept was wrong, providing students with pay for volunteering. Just as the CERB payments are creating a workforce that won’t return to minimum-paying jobs, students will not volunteer for work that is not paid. His decision also did not consider the consequences of selecting an organization that employs his family. With the contraction of WE to their roots, the Trudeau family boondoggle will likely discontinue. The most egregious weakness in Trudeau’s decision, however, is that he did not plan to reduce the civil service by the cost of the outsourced program, including fees.

Larry Sylvester
Acton, Ont.

(That was just one of his many errors. But as for the WE fiasco, Trudeau still has a lot to answer for)

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Letters, Nov. 30, 2019: Why are we subsidizing the fossil fuel industry?

The abandoned Redwater oil well site west of St. Albert, Alta.

Codie McLachlan / Codie McLachlan/Postmedia

A recent article written by Matt Robinson details subsidies that B.C. pays to the fossil fuel industry. Considering the maturity of the industry, I wonder why we’re subsidizing the sector at all. Also, a sum of $2.6 billion to $ 3.2 billion in outstanding royalty credits from the industry is owed to us, and in 2017-18 at least $268 million in fossil fuel subsidies came to the industry through provincial tax exemptions.

One thing not mentioned in the article is the problem of “orphaned oil wells” — those abandoned by oil companies when they file for bankruptcy. Who pays for these? We do, not the company, or their investors. It seems a better idea to have the drilling companies/oil producers put up a “clean up fee” before they break ground. It might help clean up the mess left by some of the smaller companies.

Now, imagine if all the money that is paid in royalties and subsidies to the industry was instead re-directed to the cost of re-training the workers who would be negatively affected by a winding down of the fossil fuel industry. The politicians would then have an easier time meeting their greenhouse quotas. Another thought: maybe some of those dollars could also be used to subsidize the renewable energy industries, or we can remain tied to a centuries-old fossil fuel industry and fall behind more developing countries.

W.C. Brian Worth, Coquitlam

Service in exchange for safe shelter and food

I generally agree with letter writer Bonnie Gillis’ statement that a “panhandler fine is illogical.” People with little or no money cannot pay a fine. In many cases, panhandlers could be compelled to provide community service time in lieu of any fine. This would support the accepted practice of those earning a paycheque in exchange for services. Perhaps mandatory service in exchange for safe shelter and food is not an unreasonable expectation. Entitlements to a free ride have not served any community well.

Obligations, responsibility and respect for others is a reasonable expectation of all persons within their respective capabilities. Taxpayers continue to be subjected to much higher levels of responsibility and accountability than many in our community. Those who choose and support the recreational drug culture in any way should be willing or compelled to support their own care needs with financial and/or needed community services. In demonstrating such responsibility, they may find it leads to more meaningful employment, self-reliance and personal dignity.

I respect those who demonstrate respect for others.

Ken McLennan, Richmond

Personal budget frustrations

When does it stop? My personal budget is under attack by various unions and all three levels of government. All are creating a widening gap between the annual increase I see in my pension income and what they are negotiating for, or just plain taking.

Unifor’s argument about wage parity to Toronto is meaningless, and if they think they have my sympathy, they are very wrong. BCTF, Unifor and the SkyTrain union should have wage increases set to the Consumer Price Index and take wage increases off the bargaining table. In the same vein, the municipal and provincial governments need to balance their budgets and stabilize any tax increases. Legislate the concept, please.

As for federal government spending, God help us. They need to add some new words like prudent and responsible to their vocabulary and action plans as well as learning that the cost of servicing debt is directly related to the increase in deficit spending. The way we are headed, our federal budget will be spent on servicing the debt instead of providing government services. Frustrated? Yes, I am.

Doug Cline, North Vancouver

Congratulations Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On behalf of all Manitobans and the long-suffering Bomber fans everywhere, I thank all the players and management and staff of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for ending the 29-year drought and starting a new series of Grey Cup championships.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Florida


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