Letters to the editor – March 4, 2021

Grain drying vote was telling

Recently Parliament voted on private member’s bill C-206.This bill would give producers a reprieve from carbon taxes associated with drying grain.

The bill was supported by all parties except the governing Liberals. Jim Carr, the government’s special representative to the Prairies, along with Kevin Lamoureux, Dan Vandal and Terry Duguid, voted nay. These men are all from Winnipeg, so they should understand the costs to rural producers.

They gave producers the old “fuddle duddle.” Next election, remember this.

J. Harty,

Cold Lake Alta.

How much more can we take?

Canada is in a sorry state with the government we currently have. As Gerry Bowler, a senior fellow for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy put it, “our speak-softly-and-carry-a-limp-stick approach has had no effect other than to embolden communist China.”

He notes: “Canada is in no position to strike back militarily, but China must be made to pay a price, even if it hurts Canada as well. Expelling their diplomats and students, cancelling trade contracts, refusing permission to acquire Canadian assets and making it harder for Canadians to spend money on Chinese goods or tourism will be noticed by Beijing.”

I totally agree. And we should have been refusing China permission to buy Canadian assets long ago.

How much longer and how much more are real Canadians willing to take from this spineless prime minister and the Liberal cronies who will bow down to his every crazy move just to keep their cushy cabinet positions with the extra money —yours and my taxpayer dollars? Under this federal government, we have become a totally spineless nation, and China knows that all too well.

Both Trudeau and U.S. President Biden now use the same slogan: “Canada/America is Back,” even though Canada especially hasn’t been anywhere, except downhill under this government.

The Conservatives recently put forward a motion to formally label the Chinese government’s actions against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang a genocide, a move likely to draw a strong rebuke from Beijing, one of Canada’s former ambassadors warned.

The non-binding motion called on the government to denounce the genocide and urged the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

The motion passed unanimously, 226-0, including all Liberal backbenchers — the ones with at least a little backbone.

However, Trudeau and the Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote or failed to show.

And to keep Canadians from worrying about the huge debt they keep piling up, and failing to also stand up to the U.S. as well, they try to sidetrack the talk by bringing in new gun legislation, which will only affect legal gun owners and do nothing to stop gun violence or the illegal use of firearms.

And they are working on their Bill C-7, the medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation and have accepted an amendment that would permit euthanasia for those with mental illness. Hopefully, there are enough MPs with the morals to prevent that bill from passing. 

That’s the kind of government you have who claim to be “building back better” for you. Would you vote for them again? 

Les Dunford,

Dapp, Alta.

Deadly divide must be bridged

Years of progress in eliminating poverty around the world threatens to be wiped out by COVID-19.

Prior to the pandemic, the poverty rate for women was expected to decrease by 2.7 percent between 2019 and 2021. Now, poverty is projected to increase by 9.1 percent in this time frame, plunging 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line and reversing decades of progress.

So, what can be done about this? First and foremost, Canada must continue to spend one percent of the COVID budget on countries in the developing world, and secondly, must be sure to share vaccines equally, keeping in mind that until everyone is vaccinated, in this era of international travel, no one is safe. Thirdly, we must address the fallout from COVID around the world, such as the halt to education in refugee camps and the slow-down of vaccinations for other deadly diseases, to cite a couple of examples.

We must bridge the deadly divide between the haves and have-nots. It is simply the right thing to do, and I, as a Canadian, would like to see us continue to take a leadership role.

Connie Lebeau,

Victoria, B.C.

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