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Two takes on 'old-stock' Canadians
For the Winnipeg Free Press to have spent all that ink in its editorial on the "old stock" comment made by Stephen Harper is truly a case of creating a storm in a teacup ('Old-stock' is really code for racism, Editorial, Sept. 19).
If it was intended as code for a racist comment, it went right over my head. I don't believe it was a deliberate racist comment.
But now "old-stock" is a racist remark because politicians and editorials have said so. Can't we use old, familiar phrases without being lambasted for them?
Thank you to Dan Lett and the Free Press editorial board for taking Stephen Harper to task for his use of the divisive term "old-stock Canadians."
A century and a half ago, Abraham Lincoln appealed to the "better angels of our nature" in his plea for unity between northern and southern states. Stephen Harper consistently appeals to the worst elements of human nature — selfishness and xenophobia.
Bomber fan finally fed up
We've had Winnipeg Blue Bombers season tickets for a very long time and will not be renewing.
This has been a complete gong show for 25-plus years. Bomber brass can no longer tell us to be patient. Look at the Ottawa Redblacks — they're in the league for only their second year, and are by far superior to what we have on the field.
We've been duped far too many times, and have stupidly given the club our faith and our money. No more.
Martin's 'apology' insincere
At first blush, it might appear apologies to fellow candidates Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Don Woodstock from from Winnipeg Centre NDP incumbent Pat Martin have been extended, but on closer examination the remarks show otherwise (Martin drops online blast, Sept. 21).
Parsing Martin's statement reveals two examples of well-honed parliamentary obfuscation. First is his use of the word "regret" for having used intemperate language, which doesn't constitute an apology to the injured parties but rather an admission of unrestrained self-governance. Second, an "unreserved apology" for his scurrilous comments was offered only if offence was taken — in other words, no absolute admission of wrongdoing on his part was ever made, nor any contrition over the insults proffered.
This non-apology elevates Martin to the blustering heights of controversial GOP candidate Donald Trump. Both are prepared with unqualified apologies, but only if they see themselves as ever having made a mistake.
Election endorsements offensive
While both Wayne Gretzky and Donald Sutherland were great in their chosen professions and represented Canada with dignity, neither has resided in Canada for years, and neither is allowed to vote in Canada (Harper defends 'old stock' remark, Sept. 19).
I find their hubris in telling Canadians who to vote for offensive. Both will escape to lives in other countries regardless of which party wins.
It's offensive to hear them spout off about how great Canada is while they choose to live elsewhere. They should mind their own business and let Canadians decide who will run our country.
Transit choices regressive
It's a misnomer that the new buses made locally by New Flyer are lemons (Lemons squeeze bus service, Sept. 18).
The emission controls forced by government on these new diesel buses cause a lot more maintenance and breakdowns, to be sure, but it's hardly the fault of the manufacturer — the technology is still a work in progress.
We should have left the buses the way they were — if it the technology isn't broken, don't fix it.
The used GM buses bought from Edmonton in the 1980s and reworked by transit mechanics here served us well for almost 20 years, and we didn't need to have 50 spares sitting in maintenance.
When you think about where we were in the '50s and '60s, with streetcars and electric trolley buses, and where we are now — going with diesel buses that have their challenges and proceeding with bus rapid transit — it seems we are going backwards, not forward.
We have lots of cheap, clean electric power — why are we going with diesel, especially with unproven emissions technology?