Letters to the editor – October 29, 2015

Trudeau’s bad legacy

In reply to the Jackie Lewis letter (“Climate change ignored,” WP Oct. 8), she describes the former Conservative government as inhumane, unethical, racist, fiscally inept and dictatorial.

You couldn’t find a better description for the Trudeau Liberals of the 1970s and ’80s. Most people in Eastern Canada do not seem to realize the damage inflicted on western Canadians by the Liberal National Energy Program and high interest policy.

They taxed and regulated the oil companies to a standstill. Tens of thousands of employees lost their employment, their homes and life savings. They had borrowed money at seven percent interest to buy homes and ended up being charged 17-20 percent.

During that period, the banks made record profits. The Liberals forecasted a $39-billion tax windfall from the oil companies and ended up with almost nothing. They spent the money anyway and by 1984 had amassed a debt of approximately $300 billion. That debt never got repaid and by 1991 the added interest increased the debt to over $500 billion. That debt is still with us today.

I believe in the old saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The actions of Pierre Trudeau senior caused many westerners to consider separation. Maybe Pierre junior will finish the job.

Roger Brandl
Fort St John B.C.

Writers are missed

I totally agree with Elaine Sloan’s letter “Farewell to Taylor” (WP Oct. 1).

Ryan Taylor wrote about topics that we could relate to, with a down-to-earth style and a sense of humor. Joyce Sasse’s columns were inspirational, based on her faith.

Both authors, each with their own unique style, shared words of wisdom with their readers. They will definitely be missed.

Myrna Drake
Elkhorn, Man.
Editor’s note: We regularly re-examine our content at The Western Producer. We try to help farmers by providing the information they need to run successful businesses, and we cover the farming culture. Ryan’s column has come to an end after almost 20 years, and Joyce’s columns are still available online at the Canadian Rural Church Network. We sincerely appreciate the contributions our columnists have made over the years. We intend to introduce a new farming lifestyles column in the coming weeks.

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