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Big Apple aglow for WSO

For the few who ever get to play on its hallowed stage, Carnegie Hall challenges artists to bring their A-plus-plus game.

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Thursday night, Alexander Mickelthwate and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra did exactly that. The performance will go down as one of the best in their 65-year history, and as an incredibly proud moment for the throngs of supporters who travelled from Winnipeg to be a part of a truly magical night.

Congratulations to the musicians, staff, organizers, donors and all the fans of the WSO who made this epic performance a reality. It was a pleasure and an honour to be in attendance.





Trudeau's stance divisive

Re: Trudeau stifles conscience (Editorial, May 9). Abortion is a medical procedure required by thousands of women every year, for a variety of reasons, all of which are valid.

Abortion is legal in Canada, and Justin Trudeau has told his party members to uphold the law.

Let's be clear: In Canada, women have a right to access safe and legal abortion services. Abortions are an essential part of health care for women, and women can be trusted to make their own health-care decisions.

It is absolutely appropriate for the leader of a major Canadian political party to stand up and state unequivocally that no member of the party may vote in favour of stripping women of her legal rights.

The Free Press disagrees. According to the editors, an individual should be permitted to vote in favour of removing rights from citizens of Canada if their "conscience" tells them it's OK to do so.






The fact Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has just come out with a manifesto that will not allow new Liberal candidates to hold an anti-abortion view should come as no surprise.

It's the same belief the NDP's Thomas Mulcair holds. This kind of "my way or the highway" view perfectly reflects the new liberal, progressive reality in this country.

These so-called liberals and progressives reject capital punishment because it steps on the human rights of rapists and murders, yet they would have no trouble passing laws that would legalize putting unborn babies to death under any circumstance.

Let's hope during the next election the voters will remember the Liberals and the NDP and their leaders for the hypocrites they are.





A woman's right to choose when it comes to reproductive freedom is a charter right.

Women's equality trumps religious and other beliefs when it comes to the law in our country.

Kudos to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for his pro-choice policy.

Those who don't want an abortion don't have to have one.





Re: Pro-life former Liberal MPs need not reapply (May 9). Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has made a number of bold moves concerning party policy, including proposed legalization of marijuana, removing the Liberal brand for the Senate and now his pro-choice stand on abortion and its application to future Liberal candidates.

This dictum clearly flies in the face of open democracy and, more importantly, the independence and collective of conscience of the House of Commons.

Trudeau may gain or lose support from these brave strategies. However, it's likely senior citizens will be opposed to his stand on marijuana, and his party's mandatory pro-choice position will upset some of Canada's millions of Catholics.





It's obvious to what sector of society Justin Trudeau is directing his appeal for support for him and the Liberal party.

What's not so obvious to some is the truncating of democracy and the serious rift created between Trudeau and the ridings, as well as standing Liberal MPs. I don't understand how in good conscience Liberal MPs with opposing views don't resign their seats.

Trudeau is indeed confirming his political immaturity, and has determined for me how I must vote in the next national election.





Crime bill not the solution

Re: Silent screams, stolen sisters (May 8). Stephen Harper has said action is needed, rather than an inquiry on the 1,200 missing or murdered women, adding that his tough-on-crime bill does just that.

More women will go missing and be murdered, in spite of the enhanced prison sentences, because the tough-on-crime bill is like closing the barn door after the cows have escaped.

Harper and his gang don't understand crime is an irrational act, and the threat of punishment only works on people with rational thought.

Crime reduction is achieved by removing the desire to commit the crime from the criminal mind.

Time will prove the tough-on-crime bill as an absolute failure.





Commit to science excellence

Gregory Taylor contends the Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to finding the best scientist or medical professional to lead the National Microbiology Laboratory (Finding the best scientist, letters, May 6).

This may be the case, but unless the original ad that appeared on the government website is radically improved, I doubt he will convince the science community of a commitment to scientific excellence.

The issue here is not the government's investment in research but to ensure scientific leadership is maintained so this investment yields the result it should.




Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2014 A16

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