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Boarding the bandwagon
Re: 'Robocall' allegations widen (Feb. 25). It is hardly a surprise that with the news of the alleged robocalls during the recent federal election, Jim Maloway is boarding the bandwagon.
After his defeat in May, Maloway's explanation was that it was the fault of the Christian Heritage Party for not running a candidate. (He suggested that a CHP candidate usually garners about 300 votes, the number he lost by).
Next he challenged the validity of the Green party nomination signatures. Now, it's the robocalls.
Perhaps it would be best if Maloway would accept the fact that he lost. He might go as far as to acknowledge that the voters in Elmwood-Transcona have spoken.
In light of the recent news of Conservative election fraud, I believe Joyce Bateman has two options: resign with honour and face a new election; or serve out her term in shame and face sure defeat next time around. I'm not betting on the former.
I can't help but think the late John Diefenbaker is rolling over in his grave. Stephen Harper is no Tory and has no right to speak on their behalf. He and his party are simply members of the Reform party who bought the name Conservative. And this was from a person who agreed never to merge the Progressive Conservative party with the Reform party, namely Peter MacKay, in order to have national credibility and to court the members of the PC party.
When Harper is desperately defending the credibility of himself and his party, he might start by reminding the people he never agreed with nor supported the PCs and is no Tory.
Why is Vic Toews having difficulty getting Canadians to buy into his proposed legislation that would allow police access to computer information without a warrant? Given the fact that our present federal government has been involved in hanky-panky during the last federal election, what thinking Canadian would believe that this same government would not use or abuse this access to my files?
Personally, I wonder if writing this letter might mark me as a subversive. What has happened to the Canada that I loved?
Incidents can't continue
Re: Mom sent home, dies next day (Feb. 25). This story should have been the front-page headline, not on B1. Your front-page headline, More 'robocall' allegations in city, is far less important than letting Manitobans know that a vulnerable, deathly ill, disabled, helpless senior did not receive even a modicum of care that you would expect from Winnipeg health-care facilities, which are funded with millions of dollars and considered leaders in their field.
The Manitoba government and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority cannot continue to get away with these incidents, where people are treated as objects and not given proper care and compassion.
They just don't get it
In defending Hydro against the charges of secrecy from the interfaith task group on northern hydro development (Criticism of Hydro disappoints, Feb 22), Glenn Schneider writes, "Manitoba Hydro did not publicize the agreement with Misipawistik because it is also negotiating with several other First Nations in the vicinity."
With this explanation, Schneider inadvertently reveals that he and Hydro just do not get it that Manitobans are upset that Hydro and the NDP are charging ahead with building generation plants and transmission and collector lines without first properly considering all available options.
Schneider is not specific, but Manitobans know that "other negotiations in the vicinity" involve First Nations communities affected by the NDP's west-side Bipole III and the Keeyask generating plant. Neither of these projects has been subjected to the scrutiny of an evidence-based quasi-judicial independent review, as requested repeatedly over the past several years by the Public Utilities Board. Yet, negotiations and even construction are underway even before proper reviews have been completed.
It is bad enough that, with a minimum of public disclosure, pre-project construction has already begun on Keeyask even before the independent review has begun and without any public process. Adding insult to injury, recent public statements by Minister Dave Chomiak reveal that the Bipole III project has been excluded from that review.
On top of that, the NDP recently disclosed that the examination of the Bipole III project by the Clean Environment Commission this summer will exclude consideration of any route other than one on the far western side of the province. These revelations are all evidence of the secretive and "we know what's best for the people" approach being taken by Hydro and the NDP.
Bipole III Coalition
It seems letter writer Issie Oiring (Wake up to Iran, Feb. 24) believes the neo-conservative propaganda that suggests "Iran's ultimate aim and interest is to eventually dominate all Arab countries in that area."
The question then becomes what are the Americans, who have at least 45 military bases in countries that surround Iran, doing if not dominating those Arab countries and threatening war with Iran today?
Oiring reminds me to never forget George Orwell's lesson in his 1948 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. War is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength to the neocon supporters.
It is obvious to anyone who cares to look that the Americans are the chief mischief-makers, not only in the Mideast, but the whole world over. Oiring needs to take off the rose-coloured glasses.
Running over the truth
I protest your Feb. 27 editorial-page cartoon. It shows two large transport trucks, one with a sign "recession," the other with a sign "gas prices," passing each other, and in the foreground a crumpled bicycle.
I have a great deal of difficulty with your insinuation that large trucks are to blame for recession and high gas prices. If the Free Press would just care to spend a few minutes of research effort, it would will find that large trucks certainly are not responsible for either. If there should be a picture demonstrating fault, then why don't you use the real culprits -- politicians and greedy people.
Better use for money
Re: Track to prosperity (Letters, Feb. 25). The idea of building a new set of train tracks from Winnipeg to Minneapolis-St. Paul may be a good idea for the convenience of getting back and forth between the two locations, but connecting these cities by rail is not a good idea right now.
We should use that money for other things, like fixing the roads, as they would probably be more used than those train tracks, and for essentials, unlike the tracks, which are more of a luxury than anything.