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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21, 2021

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Re “Voters have spoken” (Antonella Artuso, Nov. 16): What everyone should remember is that Steven Del Duca was a key player in setting the agenda for the McGuinty/Wynne governments and they are directly responsible for most of the $350-billion-plus provincial debt. The provincial debt is the main reason why our social services cannot be properly funded today.

Bob Young
Alliston

(It’s worth reminding voters he was around the table when so many of those irresponsible spending decisions were made)

FATAH IS UNFAIR

Re “The new left is about pronouns, not poverty” (Tarek Fatah, Nov. 17): It strikes me as odd that Tarek Fatah has attempted to connect the legitimacy of a movement with the violence raised against it. Since the COP26 climate protests went “largely without incident” (no tear gas or police brutality), he would have us believe that the protesters themselves offered nothing but ineffective pandering, remiss as they were of the brutal treatment found under military dictatorships. Of this, I would disagree. Although the climate conference may not have spoken about ISIS (and although climate activists may not have been pummelled by stones), it is by addressing climate change that we address the concerns Fatah raises of war, hunger, poverty, and starvation in sub-Saharan Africa. The State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report, released by the World Meteorological Organization, highlights that “climate change is having a growing impact on the African continent, hitting the most vulnerable hardest, and contributing to food insecurity, population displacement and stress on water resources.” How then, can it be said that climate activists are ignoring this calamity? It seems to me they are the only ones addressing it. Perhaps Fatah should listen to these people’s voices instead of bemoaning their peaceful protests.

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Mark Taylor
Calgary

(He has listened to them and has come to an accurate conclusion)

LESS VALUE

In recent years, the business community in Canada has been concerned by the steady drain of capital and investment from our country, with much of their ire directed at the federal government. However, Liberal regulation and legislation has recently helped Canadian exporters. Increased energy prices had always led to a rise in the Canadian dollar — until now, as international investors see Canada as a country governed by shallow commitments to ’causes’ rather than one concerned with commerce, and as such, value our currency accordingly.

Al Willey
Edmonton

(There isn’t an area of public policy the Liberals have done well)

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BUY CANADA

The protectionist tendencies of the U.S.A. in regards to electric vehicle production should be a call to action for Canada. We can design and build a domestic electric vehicle. We have the engineers, the materials and the skilled production personnel. We just need the investors and the will. Let’s do it!

Ian MacKenzie
Toronto

(It’s not just American protectionism that should push us, The pandemic has taught us that we need to rely on goods made in our own backyard)

ACTION PLAN

In 2021 British Columbia has experienced extremes from wildfires to now severe flooding. Dear Justin should be asking if the ‘Trudeau Climate Change Action Plan’ is really working? The larger question is, ‘Are we receiving value for our federal carbon taxes?’

Jim McEwen
Bowmanville

(Simply put, no)

RIGHT ON NEASE

Steve Nease’s editorial cartoon Nov. 19 is right on. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. A clear example of why we have to rid this country of the evil Liberals. They care not for the people but just themselves.

Gord Mimms
Brampton

(As is always the case)



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