Greg Perry Sept 20

It’s not Justin, but the Liberals’ economic record that I admire   

Dear Editor:

I gather that some of your contributors believe that I idolize Justin Trudeau. Not so. What I greatly admire is the manner in which the Liberal government, under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, has handled the economy in these very trying times.

It is very obvious that conservatives still espouse Reagan’s “trickle-down” economics. The greatest con of the 20th century being carried into the 21st century.

Any honest economist knows this. When tax breaks are given to corporations and wealthy shareholders, as Conservatives do, there is no money trickling down to the average worker.

If that actually happened many CEOs would be unemployed. Instead, corporate CEOs hoard money and buy back shares in order to increase shareholder wealth and thus CEOs’ bonuses.

It has been stated that spending causes inflation. Inflation is caused by several factors – mostly supply and demand, but certainly not spending. In fact, a recent study by the St. Louis Federal Reserve found that a 10% increase in spending may lead to a 0.08% decrease in inflation.

Anyone who claims that spending causes inflation is just plain uninformed and anyone who claims that the Bank of Canada is just printing money to offset Government spending is really uninformed.

The Liberals didn’t “kill” the oil industry. Investors are now very leery to invest great amounts of money in fossil fuels and therefore oil companies have greatly reduced drilling and exploration.

The oil and gas industry is harmful to the environment and global supply is quickly being depleted…what now?

It is obvious that some writers are unaware of the many infrastructure projects now ongoing in Canada, notwithstanding that this information is readily available.  These projects must be done now to protect future generations from further deterioration and increased costs.

I acknowledge that Germany is re-firing some of it’s coal plants.  But one must also understand this is a temporary measure to offset the energy shortage from Russia because of the war in Ukraine. No coal-fired plants are being reopened permanently.

So maybe some citizens would rather not see increases to the CPP, and I understand.  But this attitude is not the view of the majority who, I believe, would much rather have a better future retirement at minimal current personal cost.

Can anyone explain what the Con­ser­vatives would have done differently?   

Patrick MacDonald, Kelowna

If you love taxes of all kinds, go ahead and vote Liberal  

Dear Editor:

As expected with Pierre Poilievre’s resounding win as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, local federal Liberal supporters are apoplectic.

Now had I been a betting man, I would have bet that the first letter, loaded with fear mongering and Liberal rhetoric, would have come from Justin Trudeau’s No. 1 fan, Patrick MacDonald. I wish I was as good at picking the lotto numbers.

At least MacDonald’s Sept. 14 letter, didn’t use that tired and inaccurate comparison to Trump, but instead compared him to Stephen Harper. You know, that fellow who cut taxes and actually achieved an occasional balanced budget and even payed off some national debt.

MacDonald points out that Harper cut, not only corporate tax, encouraging economic activity, but also the GST, making purchases a little less expensive for all Canadians. Well Patrick, you got me on that one.

As you so proudly pointed out, your man Justin wouldn’t be caught dead cutting taxes. Aside from the so-called wealth tax and luxury tax, of which I have no worries, you also forgot to mention the ever escalating carbon tax, which ads cost to every single item we buy and don’t forget the quarterly escalating sin taxes on alcohol and whatever else the government thinks is bad for us. I would be remiss to not acknowledge that aside from increasing taxes, Trudeau and his gang also excel at increasing: our national debt at a scale never seen before, expensive taxpayer funded bureaucracies, and dividing Canadians, just to mention a few highlights.

So folks, you got it straight from MacDonald. If you love taxes vote Liberal. MacDonald also went on to say that the Conservative Party under Poilievre is not John Diefenbaker’s party.

Yup. Just as sure as Justin’s woke, green, left-wing Liberals are not the middle of the road party of Paul Martin, Jean Chretien and even daddy dearest.

Andy Richards, Summerland

Cons starting to seem like Libertarians in different clothes

Dear Editor:

Is Pierre Poilievre or the federal Conservative Party collective genuinely conservative? They seem to have basically become a money-first fiscal-concern political entity with little or no stances on the major social issues, notably abortion.

Thus they are closer to being libertarian, seeming to stand for little other than big business and balanced budgets. Albeit, the mainstream news-media as a whole likely prefer them as such.

(The Liberal party, like the Conservatives, consistently pander to corporate objectives and the rich, albeit the Liberals have generally consistently maintained their traditional liberal stances on core social policies, notably those involving race, gender and sexuality.)

While a couple decades ago it essentially was a party dominated by Christian politicians, it has increasingly become diluted with representatives who practice other faiths or even none at all. 

Regardless, fundamental human necessities apparently are not their concern: While smugly boasting of and promising “balanced” budgets past and future, they callously omit the humane equation, as though very tight finances are of any good to the large portion (if not the majority) of Canadians who are struggling to make  ends meet.

Assuming they even were genuinely balanced and not just creative accounting fudge-it budgets, smilingly spouting nonsensical platitudes that somehow simply by being in the black the budget will leave sufficiently “more money in Canadians’ pockets” in these financially very tough times is insensitive, at best.

And for conservatives, they sure subsidize corporate causes and allow the fossil fuel industry to pollute our natural environment quite liberally. 

Frank Sterle, White Rock

Beneath the glittering facade, the ugly truth behind the monarchy  

Dear Editor:

Watching the queues of all nationalities stretching for miles outside London’s Westminster Palace where Queen Elizabeth II was lying in state, triggered some of my earliest memories.

I remembered holding my mother’s hand queuing outside the butcher’s shop for a meagre piece of low-cost meat, during times of rationing in Britain that continued from the dark days of World War II up to 1954.

I remembered the first time my mother cried in front of me when she heard on the radio that King George VI had died in 1952. I remembered listening on that same radio to the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth, and later watching the ceremony on a Pathe' Newsreel film at our local cinema, as we had no television at that time.

I remember how the Queen had looked so tiny surrounded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and others in the hierarchy of the Church of England, all dressed in regalia with various jewelled crowns, ornaments and rituals dating back to 1066.

I remembered her being anointed monarch and Defender of the Faith, as leader of the Anglican Church, among many other titles.

I remembered learning in history class a few years later how the Church Of England was formed by King Henry VIII in order to get his marriage to first wife Catherine of Aragon annulled; he could then marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn, as the Pope denied the divorce in the Roman Catholic Church. I remembered that Queen Anne literally lost her head a few years later, but not before giving birth to the future Queen Elizabeth I. I remembered how the British landed gentry and titled aristocracy had fought bloody wars for centuries, resulting in the various kings, princes, barons, dukes, earls, counts, etc, claiming castles, palaces and huge tracts of real estate that remain in their descendants' possession until today.

I remembered going to sea at the age of 16, and frequently travelling to countries colonized in the name of the British Crown, where commodities had been plundered and nations’ entire wealth exploited.

I remember witnessing so many people living in abject poverty as a result, and making me so aware that my own hard-scrabble youth in post-War Britain was not comparable to their hopeless plight.

I remembered learning that the Anglican Church was once the largest slave-owner in Barbados, where their slaves were branded with the word “Society” across their chests  —  meaning “ Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts”.

I remembered that when the facade of all the pomp and circumstance concerning religions and monarchs is removed, a far different truth is revealed.

Bernie Smith, Parksville

Thanks to the Queen for her dignity, grace and compassion

Dear Editor:

Thank you to “Canada’s Queen.” Your remarkable and well-lived life remains an inspiration to us all. From the age of 21 you possessed precious qualities of dignity, grace and compassion. Thank you, Queen Eliza­beth, for the wisdom, knowledge and understanding you meticulously used throughout your life to create a better world for us all. Your special relationship with Canada was evident throughout your 22 trips to our country you so loved. You shall always remain “Canada’s Queen” in our hearts.

Rachel McDonnell, Victoria

Banal and polluting lawn signs offer no real information

Dear Editor:

We have another election and our neighbourhoods become polluted with plastic signs that end up sitting in the landfills for many years, well after the voters are gone and the politicians are forgotten. One could accept this needless waste if it were really critical for the process of democracy. How­ever, is the electorate so foolish that the only thing that sways them is seeing the same names again and again? That’s all there is on the signs, names, sometimes a picture, but no policy, no information beyond that. Just endless rows of names. We have to move on from this banal way of advertising candidates. Perhaps the new council can designate areas where candidates can put up large signs with their names, their pictures and maybe even some information about their policies. Then leave the rest of our city election-sign-free and keep thousands of pieces of plastic out of the landfill.

Dara Behroozi, Rockland

Queen Elizabeth scholarship gave me my start in life

Dear Editor:

As a 17-year-old girl in the early 1970s, with no money for college, I found I was eligible for a Queen Elizabeth scholarship.

Her gift paid for my first year of nursing school, which was my start. I cared for people as a nurse for 40 years, with the last 15 years as a nursing professor. I was able to support myself and my family with my career and hopefully, teach and touch a new generation of nurses. Thank you, Queen Elizabeth, for giving me, and countless other young Canadians, that start.

Heather D. Wilson, Cobble Hill