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Dismissive of crime
Re: Tories innocent in scam, PM says (March 1). Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative party stand accused of the serious crime of attempting to prevent Canadian citizens from exercising their charter right to vote in federal elections.
For a politician who ran on a platform of taking crime more seriously, he is certainly quick to brush away the need for further investigation of these charges, deeming them a "smear campaign" on the part of "sore losers."
Never mind the ordinary Canadians who have come forward indicating they received the deceptive robocalls on election day. Are they not the victims of crime he has made it his purpose to champion?
The foundations of our democracy should not be politicized. Anyone -- whether Conservative, Liberal, NDP or Rhino -- found guilty of major elections fraud should face jail time.
The recent attacks on the government over the so-called robocalls controversy is, in a word, wanting. Every opposition member has a tale to tell of being woken up by rude robocalls or worse.
Most MPs told a rehashed story supposedly from someone in their riding. And most MPs took this nonsense only so far -- except the MP for Winnipeg Centre.
Robogate was made possible by the very structure of our localized first-past-the-post electoral system and its seat allocation. The separation of choice for party and representative would make that impossible.
Specifically, under proportional representation, it does not matter where one casts the ballot -- only that one votes.
I feel it incumbent upon me to thank Stephen Harper for proving one thing. Since dealing with the prior Liberal government and their diabolical sponsorship scandal, we could, and did, end up with as bad, or much worse.
Little wonder most people think so lowly of politicians; they mostly are a lowly lot.
Well, we have the smoking gun. Unfortunately, it was not registered. Now we have to face the fact that someone has attempted to subvert our election system, which used to be admired and emulated throughout the world.
It is strange that the prime minister seems completely uninterested in finding out who did this. His only response has been to repeat over and over, like a robocall, "You can't prove we did it, you can't prove we did it, you can't prove we did it."
Re: No winter tires on Manitoba ambulances (Feb. 24). To be clear, snow and ice tires are designed with rubber that remains pliable and grips optimally in sub-zero temperatures. So-called all-season tires cease to function well below 10 C and become almost useless below zero.
Every mechanic and informed driver is already aware of these facts, so one can only wonder how our government can remain so ignorant. Or is this just another example of the callously irresponsible attitudes so common at the legislature?
So much for insight
Re: A little clarity on OAS (Feb. 29). The headline over Andrew Coyne's piece was unusually appropriate. The column provides as little insight as possible.
Our pension plan is the least-generous among OECD nations. That's the main reason it is no strain upon the country. Seniors have not laid the obligations upon young workers; stupid governments have by not accruing money for the plan, in part from all the taxes paid by seniors for the last 45 years.
Stephen Harper elected to dismiss two percentage points from the GST (no economist would agree with replacing a consumption tax with any other tax). Reduced GST simply means our PM has a large deficit that did not exist prior.
We can all remember the reason for the GST was to balance the books. But Harper decided to cater to his Alberta friends. Everyone knows that the main financial issues for Ottawa are health, unemployment benefits, Indian Affairs and "generosity" to our Quebec cousins. Our PM stepped on seniors because most don't vote for him and it is easy.
Cavalier about Iran
Re: Case for war with Iran is weak (Feb. 29). With great deference to Allan Wise, I found his suggestion that "Iran would not use nuclear capability to wage war" to be dangerously cavalier. How can he be so certain? Thankfully, Wise is just waxing poetic and not dictating Canadian foreign policy.
I represent the pro-Israeli media watchdog Honest Reporting, and the idea that we "can learn to live with a nuclear Iran" is downright frightening to me. As is commonly known, Iran would have no problem giving its terror proxies nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction to do its bidding. Would Wise be comfortable with the idea of a "nuclear Hamas" or a "nuclear Hezbollah" residing within close proximity to the city of Winnipeg?
I trust he wouldn't and nor should Israel have to pursue a policy of Chamberlain-like appeasement to the Iranian bully. If Iran does procure nuclear weapons, there exists a very real potential for regional destabilization in the form of nuclear proliferation.
Wise's short-sighted analysis fails to adequately consider that Iran's destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons, repeated calls for Israel's annihilation, and its deplorable human-rights record have rightfully made this country an outcast in the international community.
So what's important is not that there be any credible cause to declare war but to posture, bluff, bully, intimidate, point with alarm and in all respects create the illusion of just cause?
Should reality not match preconceived belief, reality must give way. This is why Poland invaded the Third Reich, Salvador Allende's Chile attacked America, Iraq stockpiled weapons of mass destruction and Iran seeks world devastation. So it is said, so it is.