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Mayoral race uninspired

In Mayoral race roundup (Aug. 21), three new announcements were outlined from Gord Steeves, Brian Bowman and Paula Havixbeck.

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These announcements and campaign promises amounted to a small-business tax break (are we seriously thinking about cutting taxes?), improved signs for photo radar and issues related to 311.

All three of these appeals to the public heart speak to the uninspired nature of this mayoral campaign. I fear this campaign has become one of superficial measures and populism in an attempt to secure pockets of votes.

Which candidate is going to stand up and pledge a new vision for Winnipeg? I want a candidate to blow my socks off with a vision to make this city safe, sustainable and beautiful. Roundabouts, tax breaks and photo-radar signs don't seem to cut to the core of what this community craves.

I look forward to each candidate's vision for this city in the coming weeks.


Matt Henderson



National inquiry needed

The scope of a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women is not about undermining the police action in solving crimes (Harper rejects inquiry demand, Aug. 22). The police can be trusted to do their job, and there are other means of measuring their progress.

Nor is a national inquiry an indictment of the social-services system that attempts to ensure the safety of vulnerable children.

An inquiry should answer some basic questions and make recommendations about how to change the climate that leaves so many of our young, vibrant aboriginal girls and women at risk.

This goes way beyond the mandate to solve individual crimes. If government policies are at fault, an inquiry will expose them.

Perhaps this is the reason our prime minister refuses to consider calling for such an action.


Ann Timonin




Re: Slain teen's CFS file to be reviewed (Aug. 20). The fact that in the last three years "28 children have committed suicide while under the supervision of social workers and six children with open or recently closed child-welfare case files were killed in homicides" does not require a review of Tina Fontaine's file.

Rather, it screams of an inept department that needs to be completely revamped from top to bottom. An inquiry into all levels of CFS is required, including the qualifications, attitude, work ethics, record-keeping, workloads and quality of services provided -- not a review of one file.


Kim Trethart



It is absolutely shameful that Justice Minister Peter MacKay is still resisting an inquiry into Canada's murdered and missing women (Slain teen's CFS file to be reviewed, Aug. 20).

To proclaim resistance to this inquiry right after the public learns that Tina Fontaine, a 15 year-old girl, is the latest murder victim is reprehensible and beyond comprehension.

MacKay, however, delivers a doublespeak message, saying "Now is the time to take action, not to continue to study the issue."

Yet the Harper government refuses to take any action whatsoever.

Today I am completely ashamed to be Canadian.


Candice Bodnaruk



Weighing Trudeau's privilege

So Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to brand Justin Trudeau as an elitist (Playing the name game, Aug. 22).

Yes, the same man whose idea of a "date night" with his daughter is to take a military corporate jet to watch a Stanley Cup playoff game in Boston.

The same prime minister hand-picked Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to be senators, both of whom redefined living an elitist lifestyle of entitlement and gratuitous spending.

It seems Stephen Harper should not be criticizing Justin Trudeau -- rather, he should be trying to recruit him.


Gary Hook




Re: Trudeau rethinks travel after break-in (Aug. 18). Justin Trudeau's recent comment, "For all the sacrifices that we put through in our line of work, the one thing that we don't feel that we should have to sacrifice is personal security" in regards to a recent break in at his home, where his wife, kids and live-in nanny were sleeping is baffling.

Do most of us not go to work? Few of us would call it a sacrifice. We just call it going to work.

I guess the privileged call it a sacrifice.


Alfred Sansregret


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2014 A16

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