Norman affair is really the Conservatives’ fault

Dear Editor:

Why don’t Conservatives fess-up about the Norman fiasco?

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman convinced the Conservative cabinet under Stephen Harper to proceed with an uncontested contract for refurbishing a ship to be used as a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Neither the Liberal Party nor the RCMP were aware of this secret approval by the Conservatives.

When the Liberal government became aware of this uncontested contract, an RCMP investigation began — and rightfully so — given the information available to the government.

The Liberals had no idea of the approval given to the vice-admiral.

At the outset, all the Conservatives had to do was advise the Liberal government of the approval for Norman to proceed. Why would Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance relieve the vice-admiral of his duties if he knew of this approval?

The Conservatives are responsible for what Norman experienced. Now, they come forward, realizing that the approval signed on the eve of the election for an uncontested $668-million bid is about to become public.

This is politics at its lowest – with a clear intent of embarrassing and discrediting the Liberal government.

No thought to the reputation of this military officer.

Shame on all who support the Conservative party in this matter.

All focus is on Vice-Admiral Norman – and not the real issue: an uncontested contract worth $668 million of taxpayers’ funds.

Patrick MacDonald, West Kelowna

A blot on the legislature

Dear Editor:

Re: Barisoff has some explaining to do (editorial, May 21)

The recent editorial by Joe Fries is at once timely and fully warranted.

It is to be hoped this matter (the alleged delivery of liquor from the legislature to Barisoff’s home in Penticton) is being thoroughly investigated.

Such conduct is a blot on the Legislative Assembly and the many honest individuals who uphold its policies and history.

Gordon Clark, Summerland

Ships should be built here

Dear Editor:

So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out to B.C. for another photo opportunity to announce that the West Coast will be getting two new Coast Guard ships.

The real photo opportunity will be when he goes back to Halifax, if he wasn’t already there first, to announce the jobs and money that will be heading their way as that is where these ships will be built.

This has been initiated to avert job layoffs back east. This is more about buying votes in Nova Scotia with our tax dollars but nothing new there.

Are there no ship builders in Vancouver, I know that there were years ago as I had a friend who worked in the ship yards. The two new ships will have no effect on the B.C. economy,

Nova Scotia is the big winner with this recent announcement. October can’t come quick enough.

Guy Bissonnette,

Lake Country

Attacked for pot stance

Dear Editor:

I became involved in a bylaw opposition regarding the opening of a non-medical cannabis retail establishment in downtown Summerland.

Most of the downtown merchants and School District 67 showed real concern about the location of the retail store within close proximity to schools, parks and youth-sensitive areas.

I attended the May 13 council meeting at which all councillors and the mayor voted in favour, stating there is no danger or any issues having non-medical cannabis retail store(s) in downtown Summerland. I must respect their decision and move forward.

From this experience, what did I learn? Well, that by simply asking a question or raising a concern, such as, is it appropriate to have these establishments so close to parks and schools, I suddenly became a villain to many individuals who I thought I knew well, just because I dared to ask.

I invite you to check the meeting agenda to see letter(s) of support and one in particular written by Anthony Leardo, in which I was described as a hypocrite and having a double standard because I was apparently the owner or have part interest in the new brewery on Victoria Road in Summerland.

This information is untrue, and I do not have personal or financial interest in the brewery.

Unfortunately for me, Leardo’s letter was published on the district website and picked up by news media across the province and published with inaccurate and false information based on Leardo’s false statement.

I am fortunate Leardo did not accuse me of a more serious crime; however, it has affected not only my business, but my own reputation. It has been proven to be even more difficult to have the media correct or amend this inaccurate information and today will remain forever on the internet.

I met with Ron Mattiussi, the acting CAO of the District of Summerland, on May 15 requesting that Leardo’s letter be removed from the website and to have council strike the remark from Sergio Pawar, the owner of B.C. limited 1135648, stating that I was the owner of the brewery

In today’s world, is it so easy to destroy a man’s integrity and reputation for simply asking one question?

On the other hand, I am truly thankful for the support I have received and the kindness of the people that truly know who I am.

Roch Fortin, Summerland

Execution beats prayers

Dear Editor:

A doctor murdered his wife by bludgeoning and strangling her to death as their kids slept nearby, the defence, the prosecution and the judge at his trial all agreed that 14 years was a fair and just punishment for the crime.

If that isn’t judicial collusion what is?

A better by far punishment for this creep would have been state execution, but that’s never going to happen in this fair country, is it?

Now, this killer of women, this wife beating murderer gets to bum around at taxpayers’ expense getting fed and housed and looked after whilst his kids go through their full life without a mother, her family without a daughter and her friends without their friend, not counting society’s loss of a gifted medic.

The judge telling society that in his opinion 14 years is a fair and just punishment — that it’s not too long and not too short for this crime.

Nothing’s gonna change is it?

Maybe someone will say a prayer for the kids and family. I’m sure that will make them feel a lot better.

Don Smithyman, Oliver

Editor’s note: Toronto neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji was sentenced to life in prison for killing his physician wife, Elana Fric. He will be eligible to apply for parole after serving 14 years.

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