Justin Trudeau – Feb. 1: Don’t condemn Melania, blame Trudeau for Payette, blame Liberals for LTC mess, Ford should stop attacking nature
Put a stop to this destruction
The premier of Ontario has passed legislation destroying laws that have protected sensitive green areas and needed wetlands in this province. Hard to believe this was done! Apparently, environmental protection laws were eliminated or changed by sliding them into another piece of legislation without checking with constituents or environmental experts. Many of the professionals trained to protect nature have been let go. These lands are being sold in the name of greed and over development.
Mr. Ford, what part of “Mother Nature is being destroyed world wide and we are in an environmental crisis” do you not understand? I would urge Ontario’s people to contact mayors and councillors of cities and towns to put a stop to this destruction.
Spec is far from ‘left-wing’
Letter was beneath contempt (Jan. 29)
It is astounding to me that this letter writer believes that The Spec caters to a “left-wing demographic.” The Spectator has been reporting continually on COVID, testing, vaccine rollout, long-term care homes, mental health services, environment controls, all the while standing on its head to avoid calling out the Ford government’s disgraceful and ineffectual handling of these issues. Presuming that to Mr. Winther left-wing means the NDP, occasionally there is a small acknowledgement of the opposition’s opinion on these matters. Hardly “left-wing,” I would say.
Trudeau should be last to be vaccinated
All I can say is that Justin Trudeau must be the very last Canadian to receive the COVID vaccine. Perhaps then he might be more forceful in his negotiations for the delivery of the “millions of doses” he claims are to be made available to Canadians.
Farm market’s history longer than council
Regarding “We’re not talking about big money here” and “Market vendors brace for potential legal battle” city councillors seem to have forgotten that they, and the mayor, are all elected officials. The Market has been around since 1837, survived the first Pandemic, and the Great Depression, but now struggles to find allies at City Hall. Let’s all remember this come election time.
Don’t blame Ford, blame the Liberals
Doug Ford will pay a price for not doing enough to protect seniors in LTC homes. Clearly more needs to be done. But recent letters conveniently forget that the pandemic began barely more than a year after he was elected with a mandate to reign in runaway provincial spending and waste. No one saw this pandemic coming. At the time, the deficient state of LTC homes in Ontario had fallen from memory and was not being broadly recognized.
We should remember that the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals we’re elected in 2003, the same year that Royalcrest LTC homes failed for the first time, and we were given an indication of the state of this industry in Ontario. Residents, families, creditors, and the Ontario government were left in the lurch. The Liberals knew, or should have known, something was drastically wrong with “for profit” LTC homes.
In 2004, the newly elected Liberals introduced the “Health Care Premium,” a massive new tax supposedly designed to ensure adequate and continuing health care funding and levels of care. In the following years, and despite collecting billions in additional targeted tax revenues, they chose to freeze health care funding to hospitals.
The writer goes on to ask why the other political parties are not doing something about this. Well, the Liberals had 15 years to do just that before being voted out, but chose to do nothing.
Don’t blame Payette, blame Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau was totally responsible for hiring Julie Payette as governor-general and the catastrophic result is his to bear. Therefore he should be responsible for her $149,000 annual pension and all future expenses she incurs.
I see no reason why the Canadian taxpayer should be responsible for his incompetence or for rewarding an equally incompetent governor-general.
Melania Trump deserves some empathy
So Melania wasn’t the best First Lady in modern times. I have heard the secret recordings and read a bit about how unwilling she was about changing from being the wife of Donny to being the wife of the POTUS. She should have known what she was getting into when she decided to throw her lot in with him. So be it. Some would say, “She had it cut coming!” Writ large.
If you listen more closely to her farewell message taped a couple of days before she left Washington on Jan. 20, you will hear an abused woman crying out for help. She has spent the last 14 years (or more) in the thrall of a total control freak. She knows that she wants to get away from him and she doesn’t know how to do it without being destroyed and losing her son. Even if Melania had it coming, I like to think that like many women in her spot, she thought, “I can change him.”
I ask you, dear reader to put yourself in her shoes long enough to understand where she is and why she had to walk on eggs whenever she spoke publicly
Full disclosure. I am male, 74 years old, white, liberal leaning; university educated in the hard sciences.