Kelowna can’t do what Vernon can

Dear Editor:

Cynthia Nichols hits the nail on the head with her letter about the possible expansion of the Kelowna Community Theatre (Courier, Sept. 19). Since Kelowna already has a vibrant and growing arts community, you would think that expanding the Kelowna Community Theatre would follow naturally.

Often, touring artists will perform at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre as well as the Kelowna Community Theatre. The difference between these two venues is day and night. When in Vernon, you feel like you’re sitting in a theatre in Stratford, Toronto, New York or London. It really is a beautiful venue.

If Vernon can do it, I’m sure we could as well. And now we have a perfect opportunity with the old RCMP station gone.

Richard Knight


People’s Party is not fascist

Dear Editor:

The People’s Party of Canada had several of their signs broken or defaced recently in our riding. Some of the signs were painted with a stencilled message

“FASCIST” over the name of the candidate (indicating a pre-planned action rather than just random graffiti).

The People’s Party has had that fascist label thrown at it before, but this label is inaccurate. The party’s core principles are individual freedom, personal responsibility, fairness and respect. These are not just words, but commitments.

The very term fascist connotes yielding personal freedom for the greater good of the state; this is diametrically opposite to the PPC’s fundamental beliefs. Compare the PPC’s policies to the other parties and ask yourself which of the parties displays the trappings of the fascists (per Webster’s dictionary: centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation of business and commerce and forcible suppression of their opposition and criticism). Destruction of PPC signs is a clear suppression of opposition. So too was the initial decision to exclude the PPC leader, Maxime Bernier, from the debates.

Voters should inform themselves of the platform of the People’s Party and of their local candidate, Allan Duncan in order to understand how they differ from the traditional parties. PPC does indeed propose to make big changes to Canada’s political structure (including smaller government, freedom of expression, control of government spending, rejection of climate alarmism, regulation of immigration and rejection of globalism), but these are definitely not, in any way, fascist.

Quite the opposite.

Mark Marischuk


It’s hard being Stephen Fuhr

Dear Editor:

It must be hard being Stephen Fuhr these days.

In December 2014, he wrote a letter explaining why a born-in-Alberta, Conservative-voting Christian who “never smoked a joint in (his) life” left the Tories to become a Liberal candidate.

He cited the F35 fighter deal as pivotal to his switch, along with ethics violations, investigation stonewalling, election rigging, and the Northern Gateway pipeline. He praised Justin Trudeau as one who listens and values transparency. His message was clear: Stephen Fuhr went Liberal because it was the “right” thing to do.  

I guess we know how that turned out.  

Not only did the Liberals continue the very same F35 program Fuhr despised, but they stumbled headfirst into their own ethics violations and Parliamentary investigations — stonewalling all the way. Conflicts with the auditor general, Parliamentary budget office and even “rigging” elections in their favour via new rules on opposition party spending. And that was just the beginning.

Incredibly, for a party that shunned Northern Gateway, Liberals thought nothing of buying the TransCanada and saddling Canadians with exploding costs and mounting unknowns.

Laughably, they decided to “protect democracy” by shovelling $600 million in taxpayer dollars to media outlets, funding the reporters who cover them each day.

They got nailed on SNC Lavalin, lied about it and booted the whistleblowers from the party. Trudeau became the first prime minister in Canadian history to break a federal statute and be found guilty. I’m not getting into his bizarre penchant for “dress up.”

The slingshot-reverse of honest reality displayed by this Liberal party is the kind of whiplash manoeuvre, even a former Top Gun would have trouble surviving. I don’t blame Fuhr for being a tad cranky on the trail. I would be too.

It makes sense that he wants to highlight the dollars he’s drawn into the Okanagan. Sure, most of it is tax dollars being returned to the people who paid it out but I know I’d rather discuss that then face the sad reality of what my party has become.Did Fuhr know that the Liberals were populated by so many smug, hypocritical, authoritarian scolds back when he first joined? I hope not.

Perhaps Fuhr can perform the kind of ethical contortions it takes to exist in the new Liberal reality but I doubt voters will. Back in 2014, Fuhr ended his “I’m a Liberal now” letter with “It’s time for a change.”

In 2019, I could not agree more.

Jarrod Thalheimer


Anybody seen Tracy Gray?

Dear Editor:

Our Conservative candidate for Kelowna- Lake Country, Tracy Gray, keeps avoiding the all-candidates’ forums. The first on Sept. 7, she left halfway through, due to a previous commitment — understandable, as it was early days — but then, the next week, at an event organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women, she cancelled.

She did attend the next one, sponsored by RAMA, on refugee and immigration issues, but then again at last week’s environmental debate at UBCO, Gray wasn’t there.

Was this due to her lackluster response to Chris Walker’s questions regarding climate issues in her CBC radio interview? Or, was it more a case of not being able to defend the marginal Conservative position on climate change, so she thought it easier to stay away? She has been seen in business circles it seems — the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, etc. — laudable pursuits, but Kelowna-Lake Country is much more than business interests.

Also, it has been reported that Gray is not too fond of the format of public debate, nor does she like unscripted question. News flash — as Stephen Fuhr or anyone else who has served n Ottawa will tell you — life as an MP is far from scripted questions and concerns come from all quarters. Further, no matter how partisan you might be during the campaign, once you are in office, you have to love them all and serve them all — again as Stephen Fuhr has demonstrated these past four years.?

Tracy Gray, she’s just not ready.

Amarit Brar


Diversity failed in Detroit, Mich.

Dear Editor:

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s claim that “Diversity makes us strong” is his biggest lie ever.

The two defeated nations that received the greatest destruction and loss of civilian life in the Second World War, specifically West Germany and Japan with non-diverse populations, were the first to bounce back as industrial powers.

Compare this to Detroit, Mich., which 65 years ago with a largely non-diverse population was a manufacturing powerhouse, the pride of American industry. Approximately 99% of the automobiles in North America were built in North America.

Today nearly half of the automobiles you see on our streets are Japanese brands. Over the years, Detroit’s population has become increasingly diverse, that city has been bankrupt for more than a decade, municipal infrastructure is in a state of collapse, and once-mighty factories have been abandoned and have fallen into decay.

Facts speak for themselves that anyone can see with their own eyes.

Fred B. Woodward


The Russians are coming

Dear Editor:

Russian interference is alive in our federal election. Witness the influence Vladimir Putin exerted on Trudeau by Justin showing off his manliness in the ring again.

Gordon Harris