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Firing the province

Thanks to Jim Collinson for articulating what so many Manitobans are feeling regarding Bipole III (Bipole III still could benefit all, July 22). My question is: Can we fire the provincial government?

In my work (real estate), I have recently seen a condominium corporation fire its board of directors because they no longer reflected the wishes of the unit owners. That is democracy at work.

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With the ongoing debacle about our illegal PST increase here in Manitoba (already many millions of dollars taken out of the economy), and the absolute intransigence of the government on the Hydro file, I don't think we should have to wait for the next election. Let's get rid of them now.




After reading Jim Collinson on Bipole III, and other writers previous, it seems to me Premier Greg Selinger wants to get Manitoba Hydro so indebted it would be impossible for any government to ever sell it.




Fans need to rally

As an enthusiastic Bomber fan, I was disappointing by the response of the crowd and the media to the July 19 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

First of all, Ricky Ray was superb. He had an incredible game. It was one of his best of all time, a Hall of Fame game, a CFL record for completion percentage.

Second, the Bombers have been battling injuries. Four of their defensive starters including Bryant Turner, Terrell Parker, Desia Dunn and JT Gilmore were missing. Of their top receivers, Chris Matthews, Corey Watson, Terrence Edwards and Kito Poblah were absent.

Add in Andre Douglas, the tackle, and long snapper Chris Cvetkovic and we were missing key personnel. They were missing nine out of 24 or 38 per cent of their starting lineup.

Now Pierce is injured. That makes more than 40 per cent. It's tough to blame Pierce, because he was missing his four best receivers.

Come on, Manitoba. Let's cheer our boys to the end. They need our support.




So the Blue Bombers are 11-22 since Sept. 4, 2011. Does anyone still think Paul LaPolice was the problem?

Try aiming higher -- such as the team's unelected and unaccountable board. Then start working your way down, not the other way around.




More protection needed

We applaud your July 12 editorial Protect those who protect public good on the need for stronger provincial legislation to protect whistleblowers. Not only does Manitoba's Public Interest Disclosure Act require much more protective teeth for whistle blowers of all stripes, so too do provincial and federal laws across Canada. We may be a modern nation, but our current protection for whistleblowers are Third World.

Like all whistleblowers, Ted Ducharme suffered reprisal when the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters brought suit against him. In our experience, supporting Canada's whistleblowers, we have learned that these public reprisals are only part of the story.

Behind the scenes whistleblowers are vilified personally and professionally by the organizations they speak out against. These reprisals succeed in silencing others who might otherwise speak out as well.

Public support of whistleblowers, while welcomed, is not enough. Laws are required to protect whistleblowers from directed reprisals such a lawsuits, as well as to aid them in their recovery from the physical, emotional and financial trauma that they inevitably experience. Only then will people like Ducharme feel protected when they protect the public good.


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Missing opportunities

Re: Pay for civil servants at risk: NDP's Howard (July 19). Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister is already showing signs of what we could expect should he bring the Conservatives into government next election.

The PCs have missed ample opportunity to present real alternatives to the one percentage point PST increase, and instead have run a dog-and-pony show of filibusters and parliamentary tactics.

Pallister is pandering to the public for his own political ambitions, leaving Economics 101 at the doorstep, and seeking to undermine the decade of growth we have come to see in this province.

The NDP has weathered both hell and high water, literally: the hell of a global economic crisis, and the high water of devastating floods.

Pallister's pony has only one trick, and Manitobans would do well to see past his rhetoric.




Typical conservative bias

The July 20 article re-printed from The Economist, Castro's management of 'free' market is doomed, shows the typical conservative bias of that publication.

The author states categorically a "socialist, prosperous and sustainable" economy is an impossibility. If he were to consult some less biased sources, he would learn the Scandinavian countries have had precisely this type of economy for 100 years.

He would also learn that, as a result, these countries rate higher than Canada or the U.S. on every measure of quality of life.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 23, 2013 A8

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