Letters to the editor – May 20, 2021

Federal agriculture minister sells out Canada’s farmers

To federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The announcement of $6.9 billion support for Air Canada, and your support of it, proves that you are an illogical politician, unworthy of being minister of agriculture for Canada. This support allows the twisted, immoral values of the prime minister and deputy prime minister to severely discriminate against the farmers of Canada by imposing on them the Clean Fuel Standard proposals, while at the same time assisting the industry most guilty of polluting the environment to continue to pollute in the form of jet travel — and that, often unnecessary travel.

“This $6.9 billion is good for economic activity in Canada,” said Pattie Lovell-Reid on CTV on April 13.

Apparently “economic activity” trumps the environment in this political aspect, versus that of the most necessary activity of growing food for life on planet Earth, or clean air and water.

Apparently the only twisted moral value you politicians in Ottawa have is drama-politics to lead a non-thinking, confused population about trade that benefits profits of the transnational corporations at the expense of the environment and Canada’s sovereignty.

An example of this in agriculture is the dominant grain companies exporting large amounts of corn and soybeans in the fall and early spring overseas on boats, leaving Canada short of these food and feedstuffs, to be again transported/imported when needed for Canada’s domestic use later in the year. The environment is polluted when exported, all so these corporations can achieve profits with no regard for the environment.

Meanwhile, you harass and abuse the individual primary growers with bureaucratic, illogical and unnecessary regulations, pretending to save the environment.

Bonnie and Clyde (Freeland and Trudeau) are robbing Canada and Canadian society for the sake of mainly non-Canadian transnational corporations, under the guise of world trade, at the expense of the mental sanity and sovereignty of Canadians. Agriculture is only a part of this sell-out robbery.

I ask you, minister Bibeau, to resign as minister of agriculture and sit as an independent member of the House of Commons.

Donald R. MacDonald,

Brechin, Ont.

Amputee highlights farm safety importance

With farming season here, I am reminding parents to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to their children — Play Safe.

I grew up on a farm in Manitoba, and at three years old, my curiosity led me to get too close to a grain auger, resulting in the loss of my right arm. Accidents can happen in a split second, and I hope my story will prevent even just one child from being injured.

It’s important that families and educators help make kids aware of the dangers on the farm. Kids should never be near grain augers, tractors, lawn mowers or other “mean machines.”

The public can access valuable safety resources, including PlaySafe: Don’t Let It Happen to You, a video featuring young amputees who share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents, by visiting waramps.ca/playsafe.

Merrill Loeppky

War Amps regional representative,

Manitoba

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