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Those &$*@! politicians

Pat Martin is an embarrassment to Manitobans, and Canadians in general (Martin stands by latest expletives, Feb. 3). His comments about the Conservative senator show his total lack of empathy and class.

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Union workers in P.E.I. march in favour of pension increases in 2010.


Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press Archives Union workers in P.E.I. march in favour of pension increases in 2010.

It is beyond me how his constituents continue to vote for him. All his rants are self-serving; everything is to get himself in the news. Good or bad, just as long as he makes the papers.

Hopefully, his constituents will realize what a fool he is and give him the boot. Too bad it is too late to stop him from getting an MP's magnificent pension.




OK, Pat Martin lips off again, and again Vic Toews runs to the media. He reminds me of a schoolyard child running to his teacher to tattle on another for saying a bad word. And for what? To say sorry? Really!

Canadian politics has come down to this? Now that's obscene.



Sad mentality

The remarks of Dan Prowse (Absurd claim, Letters, Jan. 28) alleging that complaints about the Assiniboine Avenue bikeway implementation are somehow exaggerated demonstrates the sad mentality of active-transportation acolytes.

Contrary to Prowse's distortions, the report of the city auditor was quite clear about the flaws in the public consultation process: The language was slanted to conceal the fact that real changes to traffic directions and parking were a consequence of a bike lane, the terminology (i.e. "traffic calming") used by the consultants was deliberately designed to attract only cycling advocates to the public meetings, and the general public was further dissuaded from participating by a lack of any specific cost information.

Most important, area businesses and agencies including the Osborne House women's shelter, of which I am CEO, were excluded from all stakeholders lists, while agencies and businesses with no relationship to south Broadway (such as cycling shops) were given a say.

Subsequently, Osborne House and our neighbours were cheated out of being able to express views and concerns about our properties and streets before city staff embarked on a construction project that had to be revised on the fly and still presents dangerous conditions for residents and cyclists alike, as well as impacting the efficient operation of our enterprises.



Living in glass houses

Re: Canadian writes of Mexican 'torture' (Feb. 2). Canadians should see this story as a warning, not about Mexican law but about our own. The detained woman's family members and many others have expressed their well-justified disgust at the fact that the Mexican judicial system would allow someone to be held in custody without any charges being laid.

Many Canadians, however, remain either unaware or indifferent to the fact that both Canadian and U.S. laws allow for the same violations of human rights.

U.S. President Barack Obama recently signed a defence bill that will allow the indefinite military detention of anyone, including American citizens, without trial should they even be suspected of involvement in or support of terrorism.

Our own federal government continues to use "security certificates" to detain suspects for long periods and hold trials in secret without a defendant being allowed to see all of the evidence against them.

We should reserve some criticism of the Mexican authorities for governments much closer to home.



Natural occurrence

Re: Gay-friendly classroom sign controversial (Jan. 30). Homosexuality is a natural part of the human species. It is prevalent in about 10 per cent of the human population and has been observed in well over 400 other species. This is one of the many reasons homosexuals have protection from discrimination and the right to marry in our country. If teachers want to display their support for human rights, this is a good thing.

The only argument, and a poor one at that, against gay rights comes from the religious. I can only conclude the Altona parents' protesting gay awareness and gay support is based either in ignorance or religious bigotry. It's probably a little of both.




The display of a plaque declaring a classroom safe for alternate sexual lifestyles is a blatant attempt by the homosexual community to demand acceptance, normalcy and the promotion or proselytization of its lifestyle. A general policy of safety for all already exists, and there is no need to mention sexuality to captive young impressionable children and it should never occur without informed parental consent.

Many faiths find these lifestyles deeply offensive due to religious beliefs, not hate, and would consider the imposition of these views an act of emotional, social and spiritual child abuse. God's laws are eternal, and whether or not they are considered backward by some, they supersede man's laws and they do not change with time.



Failing scrutiny

In Hydro powers ahead for Manitobans' benefit (Feb. 1), Manitoba Hydro CEO Robert Brennan, in promoting Hydro's so-called resource plan, writes, "In the upcoming independent review, we will provide a full justification for why this is the preferred development plan."

What he fails to note is that the government has excluded Bipole III from that review because Hydro's far western Bipole III cannot stand the scrutiny of an independent review. Without Bipole III, the justification of the plan will not be "full."

Addressing the Bipole III project, Brennan states, "This project requires a full environmental review before the Clean Environment Commission." The scheduled review will not be a full review at all because Hydro and the government have colluded to exclude any consideration of an east-side route from the review.


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