All is fair in love, war and politics

Dear editor:

Re: “Federal election campaign approaching,” (Courier, July 26).

Conservative MP Dan Albas asks if we think it’s fair that the federal Liberals are campaigning on our dime.

I wonder if Dan Albas thinks it’s fair that we the people pay all political party benefits. It has been said that all is fair in love and war, so end the war, porkers, get your stuff together, act like adults, give Canada a break, quit the BS and practice what you preach.

A free walk through political life with little accomplished is sick, and I feel most political pork is tarred with the same brush.

Tom Isherwood

Olalla

Americans taking our drug supply

Dear editor:

I am a diabetic and have been for 30 years and I was very worried by the busload of Americans who descend on Windsor, Ont. to load up on diabetic supplies (Courier, July 30).

I feel for them caught in a web of high costs, but if this trend continues, I am scared that diabetic supplies may run short for Canadians.

I noticed that one woman had a pack of Nova Rapid containing, I think six packs.

I use this drug and each pack holds six refills. I can only get one package at a time which costs me $87, but it is not may main insulin.

My main insulin costs $120 for just over one week, however, luckily I get help with this.

Also it is not just insulin, but blood monitor sticks which cost $1 per stick. I use three a day, some people use more. Then there are needles and more.

I know diabetes can lead to other problems (I am going blind and have other health issues) and my heart does go out to these Americans. But they need to go back to their own country and make sure that they vote in leaders who will make their health departments think of the sick and not the pharmaceutical profits.

At least Barack Obama tried while he was in office.

So to Bernie Sanders and his convoy to Windsor, take your bus back to America, the land of the free and stop taking advantage of Canadians

Barbara Few

Okanagan Falls

Trudeau still a standout PM

Dear Editor:

Polls show 73% of Canadians say ethics in government influences their vote.

The SNC Lavalin controversy; the loss of the principal secretary, the prime minister’s chief adviser and two high-profile female cabinet ministers disappointed Canadians. Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s tragic ordeal added to that disappointment.

Canadians want to hear about ethics in government more than they want to hear about the economy and the prime minister right in the middle of any ethics debate.

According to the Globe and Mail, the SNC lobby effort was huge. This type of legislation already used in Britain and the Untied States would be Canada’s first. Jody Wilson-Raybould did not want to take the lead on the SNC file. She did not like the optics of being pushed by a powerful company with a history of legal issues. Wilson-Raybould wanted nothing to do with the legislation. This should have been a red flag for the prime minister, because the Criminal Code can not be amended without the collaboration of the justice minister.

It was both a stroke of genius and a risk to appoint her, but even so, the PM failed to take more heed of Wilson-Raybould’s priorities and wilful independent streak that unfortunately during the justice committee hearing damaged the Liberals with her insistence on being right, rather than doing the right thing.

The Senate organized hearings because both the senators and the justice minister were unfamiliar with the new legislation and whether the legislation needed to be tweaked. But, it was left unchanged, adopted in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s original form, because the justice minister is required to attend. Wilson-Raybould refused to appear sending her staff, preferring instead to do TV interviews on Aboriginal issues; earning a public rebuke from senators. In this story, nobody comes out looking good.

The PM was attacked from all sides, but throughout the controversy — to his credit — he shouldered blame and showed patience, even sensitivity towards both cabinet ministers. In the end, when it could not be resolved to mutual satisfaction, he acted resolutely and moved on.

Philosopher and social reformer John Stuart Mills (1806-1873) tells us “the worth of our government is the worth of the individuals composing it.”

If we measure the calibre of the choices Canadians have for prime minister today, even with some bruises, Justin Trudeau still stands out.

Jon Peter Christoff

West Kelowna

Say no to free drugs for addicts

Dear Editor:

Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer of Vancouver Coastal Health, can take a hike with her suggestion that we start supplying free drugs to addicts.

What’s next? Deliver the drugs to their door and hand feed them?

No way with my tax dollar.

John Walker

Cobble Hill

Money can help fix our world

Dear Editor:

The world is getting smaller, no doubt about it.

Now, more than ever, if a butterfly flits its wings on one side of the planet, there is a reaction, however small, on the opposite side.

Shouldn’t we then consider our fellow men, everywhere? What if we can do so and at the same time make a smart investment for the planet?

Canadians have shown time and again that we care, and we have a unique opportunity to do so again through the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

One might be tempted to think that Canadians are not affected by these diseases, but given international travel, and the presence of TB in our First Nations communities up north, we are all at risk.

It is time to make it known to our MPs and the prime minister that this is a matter of great importance at home and abroad.

In terms of making this a great investment, it was estimated in 2016 that for every single U.S. dollar invested in the Global Fund, there would be a $22 return in terms of annual health care costs globally. Let’s make this world a better place for all!

Connie Lebeau

Victoria

Liberals appear soft on terrorism

Dear Editor:

Jody Wilson Raybould’s testimony to the justice committee revealed that Gerald Butts and the Liberals believe some of the “(Stephen) Harper laws” to be unworthy of enforcement. Strange, when they profess to be champions of the rule of law and expect compliance with their legislation.

Immediately after taking power, Justin Trudeau declared that compliance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act was optional, and many First Nations have chosen this off ramp.

This law requires accountability for the expenditure of public funds entrusted to First Nations. Accountability and an audit trail is expected for any other expenditure of public funds, yet billions of dollars are left unaccounted for because they’ve been given to First Nations.

Without full disclosure, people don’t know how funds are used on their behalf and are therefore unable to make informed choices about the suitability of their leadership and their actions.

Who is this helping?

The law concerning Canadian terrorists seems troublesome for them too. Canadians who go abroad to join a terrorist organization are guilty of an offence. But, the Liberals have only applied this in a few cases, choosing instead to hope that returned terrorists will rehabilitate themselves. It’s tough to deal with these terrorists when Trudeau calls them “foreign travellers.” He’s certainly done enough foreign travel to know the difference.

ISIS did declare war on us and other western nations, and we were engaged in combat operations against them, although only at token levels after the Liberals pulled our CF18s. We stand alone among our allies in offering a $10.5 million financial settlement to a convicted terrorist.

Now that ISIS has collapsed, we’re confronted with an unknown number of Canadian fighters who have an expectation of resuming the protections and privileges of Canadian citizenship; things which they forfeited when quitting their country for the ISIS cause.

Maybe they hope to be home in time to vote.

Some of these individuals are dead or have destroyed their passports, which simplifies things. But, what’s the plan for this pending influx of terrorists? The offence is in the fact that they left Canada for terrorist purposes. What they did over there, or how many wives and offspring they may have acquired, aren’t mitigating factors.

We’ll never know if they were ISIS executioners or “good guys” who worked in the ISIS cookhouse, but it doesn’t really matter. They’re all terrorists by choice and guilty under the law.

John Thompson

Kaleden

Stampede gives Canada bad reputation

Dear Editor:

Isn’t it time we stop entertainment events that are dangerous to animals? We tame horses based on trust. We provide them with food and safety and they become our working companions.

Sadly, those competing at the Stampede have failed in the safety part of that equation.

If six people had been killed at the Stampede, it would have been shut down. Why are the lives of these noble horses considered less important than a human life? Events like the Calgary Stampede give Canada a very bad reputation, when it comes to protecting animals from cruelty.

S. I. Petersen

Nanaimo