Letters to the Editor (8): Thursday, November 7, 2019

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No due justice for the victim

Dear Editor:

We would like to express our support for your efforts to advocate for murder victim, Lynn Kalmring by exposing the fact that her killer, Keith Wiens is now allowed to have day parole before he is eligible (Courier, Nov. 1, Nov. 2).

We are concerned citizens and believe that the victim’s family is not receiving due justice.

Bill and Gertrude Welder


You are either ethical or not

Dear Editor:

I couldn’t agree more with the obvious premise presented by Bruce Stevens (Courier letters, Nov. 5).

Of course facts, honest figures, true evidence and reality are mind-numbing to the rapier sharp wit of the members of the Six Billion Dollar Club.

Forty-year record employment, best economic growth of any of the G7 countries, record creation of full-time jobs, higher wages and benefits, improved CPP — but what is all that? Just drivel? Certainly not the Conservative way.

“Selective definition of ethical-conduct drivel” — well gosh! Some of the “likes of us” don’t believe there is a “selective definition of ethical.”

You’re either ethical or you’re not.

Evidently, some have forgotten Stephen Harper’s fictitious Skills Training Program for Canadians. It cost the taxpayer $2.5million to advertise, intended only to garner votes and never transpired at all. It was part of the Conservative “Action Plan.”

Instead, they instituted the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and many Alberta employers using the program were found to be violating labour laws.

Why not? Send them home alive or not — you can always get another one. Who directed the program? Jason Kenney, serving corporations. Not a wit different than in 1909: bringing in Eastern European mine workers, then Italians brought in as strike breakers. So good for business.

Is this the Canadian way? But, Albertans haven’t had enough yet.

Move over Peter MacKay. Kenney is even more “deft” at deflecting truth.

And yes, let’s move on. In the interest of not “enduring,” let’s devote the entire opinion page to our Bruce Stevens from now on.

Do favour us with more of your opinions, sir, please!

Elaine Lawrence


The problem for separatists

Dear Editor:

In a released 1980 memo, the RCMP reported, “Western separatists see western interests dominated and eroded by Quebec, Ontario and/or eastern business and government powerbrokers, that Confederation is unfair and they feel boxed-in, the only way to escape their anger is voicing calls for separation.”

Western alienation is the search for leverage.

Today, as in the past, western prairie protest has been against the eastern “Laurentian/Ottawa Valley Consensus,” the political, academic, cultural, media and business elites of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal axis that forms the spine of Canadian political and cultural thought. To the west, the Liberal party is the manifestation of this Laurentian/Ottawa Valley Consensus.

Western protest has taken different paths. Alberta turned right with William (Bible Bill) Abrehart and the Social Credit party, a reaction against the dominance of eastern bankers.

Saskatchewan went left with Baptist minister (turned politician), Tommy Douglas and the first provincial medicare system, which became the model for Canada.

Both were grassroots activism, both were reactions against the established dominance of eastern Canada and both had roots in Christianity.

Saskatchewan’s first right turn came in 1984 when Grant Devine beat Allen Blakeney, but after one term, returned to its progressive roots for another decade of NDP, until abruptly turning right in 2007 with Brad Wall and now protégé Scott Moe.

When Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces in 1905, neither controlled their natural resources. It took more prairie-protest votes to change that. A number of progressive prairie parties sprang up to answer the call for reform.

By 1921, one, the Progressive Party of Canada formed the second-largest party in Parliament and by 1930 prairie- progressives convinced Prime Minister R.B. Bennett, (Calgary MP), to pass the Natural Resource Transfer Agreement giving the four western provinces control over crown lands and natural resources, later entrenched into Canada’s Constitution.

It was mostly meaningless for a long while, both forestry and agriculture were crippled by the Depression and Alberta didn’t win its oil lottery until the 1949 oil strike at Leduc.

The problem for western separatists is that provincial resources need to be sold and landlocked provinces can’t do that alone successfully.

Jon Peter Christoff

West Kelowna

Seniors prisoners in their houses

Dear Editor:

Now that everyone is done insulting everyone else over how the election went. Democracy must start healing. It must not die.

There are some important issues to face.

No. 1: How big of role do lawyers and psychiatrists play in the cost of our car insurance woes and can we change that?

Sure, our professional people deserve ocean cruises and flying around. Their  dedication cost them time and money.

Is there some way we can slow these professionals down a bit? We’d like a holiday once in a while too.

No. 2: The old people. How many old people , once they give their loving children “power of attorney,” suddenly become prisoners in their own home. In Vernon? Many more than you think.

But you’ll never hear them or see them.

Merlin Wozniak


Liberals will ignore Interior

Dear Editor:

There has been a great deal of media attention to the fact that Alberta and Saskatchewan will not be represented in the federal cabinet because they did not elect Liberals.

What about the B.C. Interior?

The Interior has a population of one- million people which is about the same population as that of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, somewhat more than the population of New Brunswick and vastly more than the populations of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

It is inconceivable that any of those provinces would be left out of cabinet, if they elected any MP from the governing party. Nobody, not even the local media, feels that there is any problem with Interior B.C. being left without cabinet representation as we always are when the Liberals are in power.

Even when a rare and well-respected Liberal was elected in Kelowna in 2015, nobody in the Prime Minister’s Office thought the one-million people here deserved the same representation as the million in Saskatchewan or Nova Scotia.

The Liberals are likely to appoint three B.C. cabinet ministers from Greater Vancouver as they always do, and ignore the rest of the province, as they always do. Will all Ontario cabinet ministers be from Greater Toronto? No they won’t, and if they were, the protest from the rest of Ontario would be loud. Will all Quebec cabinet ministers be from Greater Montreal? No, they won’t because the rest of Quebec would not stand for it. But here in Interior B.C. we quietly accept being shafted time after time.

Will any infrastructure spending come to the million Canadians who live in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Nova Scotia or to the smaller populations in New Brunswick, PEI or Newfoundland? You bet it will. They always get a share, and if they were ignored even once, the national media would be full of their loud complaining. Will any infrastructure spending come to the one-million Canadians who live in Interior B.C.?

Ottawa feels that if they give B.C.’s share to Vancouver, as they always do, then all of B.C. has received its share.

Will the Courier and Penticton Herald demand to know why we never get cabinet ministers or infrastructure money when the Liberals are in power? Neither paper ever has.

Alan Whitman


Dear, you’re like an old car

Dear Editor:

I know there are people reading this paper today that, like me, have passed their best-before date. All those people, I am sure, will empathize with my true story of aging.

This happened not too long ago, on my 88th birthday. The other day, on my birthday, when I hit that milestone of 88, I was bemoaning my fate at the breakfast table. I was complaining that, as I aged, my old body was not functioning the way it should... pains, stiffness and such.

“Dear, you’re like an old car,” my wife said kindly.

“An old car?,” I responded with shock.

“Yes. In the morning, you don’t start as quickly as you once did, you take longer to go up a hill and you puff as well. Your exhaust system burps and splutters and the fumes are eye watering. There are a few scratches and bumps on the old body, the hinges creak as you move and the finish has worn off the roof. Often, you’re hot, then cold and sometimes the coolant leaks out and leaves a stain. Your headlights are a little dim and when you’re at idle, sometimes, you simply just stall and quit.

“There are far too many miles on the odometer, but you are very reliable. Your spare tire is a little over inflated and your manly chest has sagged to your beltline, but when I push the right buttons your engine will roar and you can perform like a sleek sports car, even if it’s only for a few minutes. But, all in all, you're just like an old car... reliable and comfortable and I know where everything is located.”

Yes, this actually happened… at least it is the way I remember it.

William S. Peckham


Expect endless court litigation

Dear Editor:

Re: “Indigenous bill overpromises,” editorial by the Victoria Times Colonist (Courier/Herald, Nov. 6).

This editorial should provide cause for concern for all British Columbians. As highlighted in your editorial, enshrining into provincial legislation what is fundamentally the all-encompassing United Nations declaration on Indigenous rights will apply broadly across all areas of government.

Premier John Horgan should know that you can’t please all the people all the time, but attempts to do so with this vague bill will result in untold future litigation, challenging the capacity of the courts, which ultimately will decide on innumerable potential challenges.

Ironically, doesn’t this therefore diminish the role of the same legislative body that enacted the legislation in the first place?

Of note, the federal NDP is demanding that the federal government adopt the same UN declaration.

As it relates directly to this bill, Canadians, including British Columbians, should also be concerned by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Directive on Civil Litigation involving Indigenous Peoples.

This directive basically compels Crown lawyers to develop approaches to avoid litigating (Guideline No. 3), but where litigation ensues, “the litigation team … must debrief … on ways of preventing similar litigation from re-occurring” (Guideline No. 20).

She issued this impactful directive a few days prior to being kicked out of cabinet. That there was no information apprising the citizenry of this far-reaching broad directive is just wrong — if not shameful.

Compound the above examples with the likelihood of the federal Liberal government adopting the UN declaration.

Oh, Canada!

Gordon Zawaski


The shaming of Andrew Scheer

Dear Editor:

I read with shock and sadness two

recent articles. The first was on Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performed 50,000 abortions over 40 years.

When he died last month, 2,246 sets of preserved fetal remains were discovered at his home.

On the following page, there was a sad picture of Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, who was shunned by many for his “conservative” views: supporting the pro-life movement and not marching in gay pride parades.

My feelings of shame go both ways: shame for those who feel what Klopfer did was his right.

Shame on those who persecuted Andrew Scheer for standing up for his own beliefs and not caving to political correctness.

Where has our sense of values gone?

Wendy Campbell