Letters to the editor – June 4, 2020

Prime minister cannot be trusted

How may Canadians trust Trudeau?

His first election was won by convincing Canadians of change — he offered us “no more elections of first past the post.” He lied to Canadians, please don’t forget that.

Then, he commented that the budget will balance itself. Now, he is busy spending $260 billion more than what is in the budget. This money is all borrowed but according to Trudeau, it will balance itself. He must have skipped math classes. He is not an accountant, that we know.

Canadians (have $738 billion in national debt) — we have Trudeau to thank for much of that. I believe he is an opportunist — spread enough cash around and maybe Canadians will re-elect him again. Many Canadians need assistance during this virus time but I know that many Canadians are taking advantage of the free money, no matter if their grandchildren will never be able to repay the funds.

Then, Trudeau thought that gun control — banning most guns — will get him more votes. Refer to Allan Rock, who spent $2-plus billion on a gun register that failed. It is only taxpayers’ money , so let’s spread it about; we have to be re-elected.

Jorgen Hansen

Kelowna, BC

Livestock sector not regulated enough

Livestock producers, especially hog farmers, like to claim their industries are highly regulated and therefore environmentally sound.

A two-year scientific study says intensive livestock operations pose environmental and health risks because they aren’t regulated enough.

Manitoba hog farmers, along with pork producers, say they follow strict manure management regulations, which minimize environmental risks to soil, air water and human health. Again, the study disagrees.

Released in 2006, the study originated from a 2004 Iowa workshop of American, Canadian and European environmental scientists. The six reports comprising the study were released in November 2006, coincidentally appearing around the time the Manitoba government banned construction of new and expanded hog barns, pending a provincial environment commission review of the hog industry.

The study leader, Peter Thorne (of the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health), painted a sobering picture of the potential risks posed by concentrated animal feeding operations to human health as well as air and water quality. The industrialization of livestock production over the past decades has not been accompanied by commensurate modernization of regulations to protect the health of the public, the study summarized.

Major concerns exist over the role of intensive livestock production in influenza outbreaks and the emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms.

The research rejects industry claims that livestock producers are already heavily regulated and it’s unfair to blame them for environmental problems.

“In a point of fact, we don’t see that there is sufficient regulation to control the hazards that are arising from these operations,” found the study.

John Fefchak

Virden, Man

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