Letters to the Editor

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Measure of a man comes in a defeat

Dear Editor:

The measure of a man is not in the good times, but in the bad times. Stephen Fuhr’s — longer than 400 word — letter to the editor attacking reporter Ron Seymour borders on the ludicrous (Courier, Oct. 25).

The Kelowna Daily Courier is anything but a Conservative newspaper and, at best, Seymour is only medium-left wing. He certainly wrote nothing during the campaign that was positive towards the Conservative candidate. 

This is a contrast to letters published daily by the paper from the Eaton family (Diane, Sharon Diane and Curt) attacking the Conservative party.

The common theme of all the letters is that the Conservatives were lying to the public, which is continued in the letters to the newspaper on Friday.

I suppose we were lying when we stated: “Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson found in December 2017 that Trudeau violated ethics rules by accepting the family vacation to the Aga Khan’s island,” as the Aga Khan appealed for federal funding for his foundation (CBC News).

I suppose we were lying when we stated: “Ethics commissioner Dion wrote ‘Mr. Trudeau used his position of authority … to seek to influence, both directly and indirectly, her decision ... Therefore, I find that Mr. Trudeau contravened section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act.’” 

I suppose we were lying when we stated: “Trudeau is the only PM found guilty of Conflict of Interest and Breach of Trust — not once, but twice”.

The only lies that were spread during the campaign were that “Andrew Scheer has a secret agenda;” “Scheer is a Catholic and will bring back anti-abortion legislation;” (Trudeau is a Catholic and pro-life as well), and that “the Conservatives will make huge cuts to the budget.”

The election is over and in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding the outcome was definite and overwhelming, in spite of the Courier being so Liberal in its bias that the paper should have received direct revenues from the Liberals.

The measure of the man is in the grace he shows to his opponents in victory and in defeat.

The real Stephen Fuhr has been exposed as found wanting in his vitriolic letter attacking Seymour and, of course, by inference, MP-elect Tracy Gray.

The public has spoken.

Alan Nichols


Seniors denied health care

Dear Editor:

Has the the Canadian government sent out an edict to doctors not to take care of people over 80 years of age, except superficially?

There are often no referrals to specialists and a decrease in medications. We are too many and it’s costing the government too much to care for us.

I am a 90-year-old retired RN and BN and have been denied access to a gastroenterologist, despite having frequent, involuntary bowel movements, mostly liquid and with such force that I could not get from my chair to the bathroom without an accident.

While living in Quebec, my husband, who is over the age of 80, was not sent for an x-ray to determine why he was having shortness of breath. He was given a puffer. He died of lung cancer.

What a travesty of justice! Here our government pays for tens of thousands of abortions each year, while refusing me the help of a specialist.

This situation is going to worsen for in 15 years, one-quarter of our population will be over the age of 65.

Euthanasia was voted in not to help patients die peacefully, but to save money.

Johanne O’Toole


Thinkers rejected Justin Trudeau

Dear Editor:

Re: “The Kelowna Daily Conservative is back again,” by Stephen Fuhr (Courier letters, Oct. 25).

Mr. Fuhr, I read your letter of grievance (and the companion letters supporting you) over Ron Seymour’s opinion piece (Courier, Oct. 23) on your concession speech of Oct. 21 after losing the election by a wide margin.

I then re-read the opinion piece to find the errors of Seymour’s ways.

There is clearly a misunderstanding of the people of Western Canada and Kelowna in particular; they simply do not understand they have no right to hold a differing view from the ruling Liberal/ progressive/socialist elites, who you Mr. Fuhr, so clearly are one of.

I quote from Seymour’s column:

Fuhr said, “The doors that I did hit (where people) weren’t necessarily happy with the direction of the country, the reasons they cited that they weren’t happy weren’t actually real or true.”

Many thinking Canadians rejected Justin Trudeau’s concepts of political correctness, broken promises, outright lies, contempt for Parliament, fake “independent” Senators, support for a corrupt business (SNC-Lavalin), costumed trips to India, huge annual deficits, higher debt, support for jobs in Ontario and Quebec, but with very little support for the jobs in B.C.’s forestry or Alberta’s oil sector ... and on and on.

These are all true facts Mr. Fuhr that destroyed the “Sunny Ways” you rode into power and governing in 2015. The Liberal “Shady Ways” of the past four years destroyed the trust of many, and the people of Kelowna-Lake Country voted you out on Oct. 21.

The letter you submitted only served to establish the people were right to reject you as it is filled with some truth, and a lot of half truths, outright inaccuracies, vindictiveness and malice.

The people of Kelowna-Lake Country are largely self-motivated, industrious people working in the private sector, or are entrepreneurial creators of jobs and wealth and do not agree the government knows best how to spend our money, which is the Liberal way.

We can only hope that this minority government will act prudently and become more fiscally responsible than the last Parliament.

Doug Waines

West Kelowna

It was Scheer’s election to lose

Dear Editor:

I was extremely disappointed that Justin Trudeau was re-elected. He has proven to be so very dishonest, untrustworthy and unreliable.

Why elect a Captain Mediocrity to lead our country?

Perhaps the problem for voters was that there really were not a lot of choice in electing a leader. I understand that two-thirds of Andrew Scheer supporters cast a vote against Trudeau, not for Scheer. That was definitely the case for some of my friends.  It is a sad state of affairs when we vote against a candidate rather than for a candidate.

As a former military pilot, I can truthfully say that I would never choose such men, or any of the party leaders from the 2019 election, except maybe Maxime Bernier. He spoke for fiscal responsibility, reasonable immigration that would not leave our borders open and to reign in the powerful Quebec dairy farmers cartel.

For the first time in many years, I did not vote Conservative. I favoured Dan Albas, but felt betrayed by Scheer for pandering to the left, rather than standing up for freedom of the press, balancing the budget, controlled migration and immigration and a clamp on illegal immigration that violates our laws and our safety. 

I felt that the election was Scheer’s to lose, and he certainly did, no matter how you spin it. He ran a poor campaign that showed up when he did not expose the clear corruption of the Liberal government with any intensity.

He seemed unsure when he had numbers of issues to expose the corruption and ineptness of Trudeau. We hardly heard a mention of any of them except for the fallacy of “climate change” that was Trudeau’s war cry that Scheer mimicked. 

He fell onto Trudeau’s turf rather than stand up against the many real issues that make us a democracy.

Scheer’s weakness as a leader has now exposed us to another four years of open borders, higher taxes, UN interference in our country, ISIS payouts, budget lies, massive debt, attacks on Alberta, Saskatchewan as well as B.C., political correctness gone amuck, gun registration, undoubtedly more ethics violations and more attempts to destroy good people like Admiral Mark Norman and Jody Wilson-Raybould (an honest Liberal turned independent). 

Trudeau was ripe for a fall but there was no wind to blow him out of the tree in spite of all of the rot surrounding him.

Garry Rayner

West Kelowna

Arrogance comes back to bite Libs

Dear Editor:

I could hardly believe what I read.

The opinion column by Ron Seymour (Courier, Oct. 23) clearly showed the disdain that failed Liberal Stephen Fuhr had for voters, and the letter to the editor by Jim Hannah (Courier, Oct. 23) outlining what fools 31,000 voters were for voting Conservative is a classic example of Liberal unbridled God-like arrogance.

I always thought that the best cure for arrogance was a good dose of reality, but it seems I am wrong. Instead, according to Fuhr and Hannah, everyone else has to be wrong.

As George Bernard Shaw said so eloquently, “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

Hannah accuses us of destroying our children’s future and his letter emphasizes his point with a quote from Greta Thunberg.

Apparently Thunberg’s agent and speechwriter, Daniel Donner, is an employee of the European Climate Foundation, headed by Laurence Tubiana. Tubiana is a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement and is listed in the world’s 100-most influential people in climate policy in 2019.

The European Climate Foundation is the brainchild of John McCall MacBain and his McCall MacBain Foundation.

Coincidentally, John McCall MacBain is the chair of the board of directors of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Canadians should question whether the donators to the charity have a potential bearing on decisions made by the Liberal government.

A National Post analysis confirms one-in- six donors (if academic institutions are excluded) have affiliations with organizations currently lobbying the government.

I don’t think Conservatives need a “Daffy Duck cutout” to run in every constituency to win, as Hannah claims, they only need to hear the arrogance of Liberal comments to know that anything has to be better than this.

And apparently the one million voters Trudeau lost in this election think so too.

Elvena Slump


Kenney playing dangerous game

Dear Editor:

Canadians have spoken. They have rejected Conservative policies, but not without giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a rap on the knuckles.

Even though Liberals, since the 2015 election, had wholly or partially kept 92% of their promises, there was still dissatisfaction with some areas.

All major parties, except the Conservatives, supported the carbon penalties and this remains a contentious issue, notwithstanding that it has been proven to reduce consumption and emissions with no negative impact on the economy.

Pipelines are another contentious issue that foment a lot of angst between the environmentalists and business. We must eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels but this cannot happen overnight. There must be a transition period in which to develop alternate sources of energy and provide appropriate training.

I do not understand Alberta Premier Kenney’s animosity towards Trudeau regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline delay. When Kinder Morgan abandoned the idea of twinning the line after the Appeals Court of Canada rejected the Conservative environment and consultation with indigenous peoples report, it was the Liberals who stepped in and purchased it.

Canadian taxpayers committed to approximately $12 billion to ensure that Alberta gets its bitumen to the west coast — and at no cost to the province of Alberta, which would not partner in the project. It was the courts and other groups that delayed the project — not Trudeau.

One of the first things that Kenney did, in keeping with Conservative “trickle-down” nonsense, was begin reducing corporate tax from 12% to 8%. Now he is about to cut social programs (because of lost corporate revenue) and blames it on Trudeau.

Kenney states that Albertans now must tighten their belts and accept his budget cuts — but he does not mention the lost revenue because of his fiscal policies. In the high-unemployment situation in Alberta, now is not the time for program cuts and it is certainly not the time for corporate tax cuts.

Patrick MacDonald

West Kelowna

Trudeau cost Fuhr the election

Dear Editor:

Stephen Fuhr was a good MP who served his constituents and his country very well. He earned the right and deserved to be re-elected.

However, unfortunately for him, most of the voters in our constituency could not bear to support, in any way, the charlatan he worked for.

Dave Wall


Thrilled with staff and care at KGH

Dear Editor:

I recently spent three weeks in Kelowna General Hospital. The first week I spent in a ward and the final two weeks were in rehab.

I had a fall inside my own home (scary for this 72-year-old woman). My family and I want to say kudos to all hospital personnel — too many to name — hopefully you all know who you are.

I shared various rooms and meals with the same.

Maxine Stevenson


Raitt got raw deal from own party

Dear editor:

Am I alone in thinking that Lisa Raitt got shafted by Andrew Scheer?

Scheer comes across to me as a dyed-in-the-wool misogynist.

Given that Raitt gave him a close run for the party leadership, he probably had no alternative but to appoint her as deputy leader, but I very much doubt that he was comfortable with having a woman as his deputy.

Additionally, Scheer likely saw her as an ongoing threat to his leadership.

Given her performance in the House prior to the election being called, it is obvious that she is much better at arguing her point than he is.

The elected-Conservative candidates are all singing his praises as leader, but one has to observe that his performance in the debates was pathetic and that he either avoided discussing anything of importance to the voters or was incapable of doing so.

The successful candidates have to praise his leadership if they have any hope of being awarded a senior role in the Opposition. I suspect that they would be singing a different tune if the Conservatives had fared poorly in the election.

As deputy leader, Raitt should have received maximum party support to ensure that she was re-elected. They should either have moved her to a safe Conservative seat or they should have pulled out all the stops to help her fight off a challenge from Adam van Koeverden, a popular sportsman.

They did neither of these things.

They left her to fight a strong challenge on her own with little or no support from the party.

The result was that she lost her seat which I have no doubt pleased Scheer to no end.

Let’s hope we see her back in the next election, preferably with party support because the leadership contest showed clearly that she has considerable support within the party.

Brian Butler


Trudeau broke FPTP promise

Dear Editor:

As we looked at the map of Canada on the eve of the federal election, it was easy to imagine a fractured country. The virtually solid blue through Alberta and Saskatchewan belies the fact that over 30% of the voters in those provinces voted for other parties.

They have no voice in Parliament.

Even in vote-rich Toronto, 45% of voters voted for someone other than the Liberal winners.

Across the country, it took 386,898 votes for each Green MP elected. However, the Bloc Québécois needed only 43,039 votes for each member elected, and 37,653 votes for every Liberal elected.

The picture across the country is a classic example of what is wrong with a first-past-the-point system. One-third of voters in Alberta and Saskatchewan are voiceless in our antiquated system. A vote for the Bloc is worth nine times more than a vote for the Greens and a Liberal vote is worth 10 times more.

Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last election held under a first-past-the -post system, but has chosen to keep a game where the rules work in his favour, despite mountains of evidence that it does not accurately reflect the will of the electorate.

It is long past the time for a more equitable voting system.

S.A. McBride


Trump-style politics in Canada

Dear Editor:

The election result should represent the high-water mark for Donald Trump’s influence on the Conservative Party of Canada.

The hatred, fake news and outright lies, along with the personal egotism of Andrew Scheer has set a new low of conduct in an election.

Whoever the next leader of the CPC will have to address these issues.

Jack Westenberg


New deal within Confederation

Dear Editor:

While the idea of western separation from Canada sounds appealing, particularly at this point in history, the reality is the cost and logistics would be staggering.

It would be the same scenario as Quebec’s idea. Our own national police force, military, currency, passports, trade agreements and on and on.

Unless British Columbia joined the new country, Alberta oil would be more precariously land-locked.

What we really need is what the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan are saying. We need a new deal within Confederation. One that more fairly reflects western representation in the federal government and fairness in equalization payments. Quebec should not always be the favoured child.

Gord Marshall