Letters to the Editor

Elisabeth McCallum took this beautiful nature photo.

Everyone should wear red on July 1

Dear Editor:

I read in your paper that there were individuals that felt that Andrew Scheer and Tracy Gray should have worn Canada Day patriotic colours, not just the Conservative “blue” (Courier, July 3).   

Although I am not patriotic every day of the year, I am on our national holiday — Canada Day — as I am sure many Canadians are. 

I also feel that not wearing any red or white or both colours and only wearing their "blues" showed ignorance or just plain arrogance on both Gray’s and Scheer’s part. 

It showed to me that they felt they were above the rest of Canadians. 

Stephanie Degane


The true colours of Andrew Scheer

Dear Editor:

It is not at all surprising that Andrew Scheer would come to Kelowna and attempt to tear down the accomplishments of the incumbent Liberal MP, Stephen Fuhr (Courier, July 3). Sure, it lacks in decorum, respect and integrity, but given Scheer’s proclivity at making up nonsense to discredit the prime minister on social media it is not surprising.

Since his election in 2015, Fuhr has worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, helping to deliver over $150 million worth of much-needed federal infrastructure and other investments in Kelowna. These investments will benefit post-secondary education and skills training, enhance clean water systems and benefit the middle class in getting ahead with the jobs of tomorrow, today.

He has helped raise the profile of our riding to levels not seen since Paul Martin’s Liberal government had a cabinet retreat here back in 2004. Many prominent ministers have come to the region for critical announcements. The Liberal B.C. caucus was here in November with Fuhr as the chair of the convention.

Fuhr has also proven an effective legislator, as his private member’s motion on the future of commercial aviation in Canada has passed through the House and received favourable recommendations from the government to address a looming issue that affects our connectivity as Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

He has also represented us well on the international stage, attending the 75th anniversary D-Day celebrations in France and several other high-profile meetings of international organizations. While Fuhr and Trudeau build relationships and enhance Canada’s standing in the world, Scheer can do naught, but bray, from the sidelines trying to undermine Canadians’ confidence in the government’s ability to stand up for our interests.

It would require Scheer to speak beyond partisanship to say a nice word about Fuhr when visiting this city.

That is seemingly beyond expectations. If you look at the record unemotionally and just the facts, Kelowna is better off having Fuhr as its MP and Justin Trudeau as the prime minister of Canada.

We have record low unemployment, thousands of families benefiting from the Canadian Child Care Benefit, and a comprehensive $70 billion plan to combat climate change. Scheer would do well to acknowledge these positives for Canadians when he visits cities on Canada Day, but can not overcome his own tendencies to offer much to the public debate but Scheer nonsense.

Richard McAdam


Conservatives following the GOP

Dear Editor:

The Kelowna-Lake Country seat is important to the federal Conservatives. We know this because Conservative leader Andrew Scheer put it on his Canada Day schedule along with Fredericton and Toronto.

While he was in Kelowna, he attacked the incumbent Liberal MP, Stephen Fuhr.

Fuhr, he said, “was out there promoting Bill Morneau’s attack on small businesses.” In fact, the opposite was true, as Fuhr told several newspapers. Along with other Liberals, Fuhr pushed Morneau for reforms to his proposed small-business tax laws. In the end, the Liberal government reduced its small-business tax from 11% to 9%.

The above-stated facts are easy to access. Are Andrew Scheer and local Conservative candidate Tracy Gray completely uninformed about local issues? Are they clueless? Or are they deliberately lying?

In modern politics, spin doctors are increasingly replaced by lie merchants. I can see why Republicans in the U.S. believe they have to lie. They represent the super-rich while pretending to represent the average American. They couldn’t get elected if voters knew the truth.

Are right-wing Canadian politicians emulating their Republican counterparts? If Scheer is willing to lie about a local MP in Kelowna-Lake Country, is he also willing to misrepresent big national and international issues?

Small-c conservative commentator Andrew Coyne has said that Scheer’s climate plan is “an intentionally pointless bit of misdirection.” It is “a prop, a ‘plan’ the Conservative leader can wave about.” In short, Scheer’s climate plan is designed not to address climate change, but to avoid taking meaningful action. By “waving the ‘plan’ about,” Scheer hopes to provide false reassurance that a future Conservative government will have an effective alternative to a carbon tax.

Why would Scheer want to lie about his willingness to address climate change? He has a strong allegiance to big oil. Before drafting his climate plan, he consulted extensively with oil companies. He also consulted with former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper was always skeptical of climate change. Scheer has been called “Stephen Harper with a smile.” Maybe he is.

Gary Willis


Shock value does have its place

Dear Editor:

I subscribe to a newspaper to get news. Bad things happen and I want to know about them. Photographic images have the greatest impact; I’m all in favour of the “shock value.”

The picture of the naked girl in Vietnam with napalm bomb burns to her back had an enormous impact on the conclusion of the Vietnam war.

Michael Rogers


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