Justin Trudeau – VOICE OF THE PEOPLE — Jan. 26, 2021 | Local-Perspectives | Opinion
My sincere condolences to the de Adder family on the passing of their mother and grandmother. Margaret Marilyn de Adder’s obituary appeared in The Chronicle Herald on Jan. 22.
With all due respect, I laughed, until the tears rolled down my cheeks, while reading it. I feel like I know her now and she definitely would have loved her obituary! How proud she must have been of her family (sons with or without facial hair) — one of whom, cartoonist Michael de Adder, shares his talents with us in these pages!
Peigi Duncan, Dartmouth
I had my first experience with the new parking pay stations in Halifax recently. I went to a dentist’s appointment at the professional centre at the corner of Coburg and Robie streets. I found a parking spot halfway up the block, alongside the Camp Hill Cemetery. I looked for the pay station and saw it was at the corner of Coburg and Robie.
When I arrived there, it would not accept the zone I was in. I went to my appointment and came out to find a $35 ticket on my car.
Let’s assume, for a minute, that the pay station had worked and I had a disability or was a senior with arthritis. I would have had to walk down to the station to get my ticket, walk back to the car and then back to my appointment.
Who is the genius who came up with this program and what was wrong with parking meters?
Mike Cadue, HRM
Cut ties with Royals
Given the current situation in the Governor General’s office, perhaps now is the time to consider Canada cutting all ties with the British Royal Family. When one considers the tens of millions of dollars spent annually supporting these archaic institutions, both federally and provincially, it should be an easy decision. Think of all the good these funds could accomplish if put to more practical purposes. Time to step into the 21st century!
I challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to either have a free vote in Parliament or to call a referendum on the issue. Either one would demonstrate his commitment to true democracy.
Paul Veniot, Pictou
Biden on right track
Of course, cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon produced a marvellous depiction of Joe Biden on Jan. 22, but how disappointing that his first take on the new U.S. president would include what some would consider a negative! The cancelling of the Keystone pipeline is a positive for me, as no doubt will be many other of Biden’s proposals.
Nancy M. Burbidge, Port Williams
Trudeau struck first
U.S. President Joe Biden may have struck a body blow to Canada when he cancelled Keystone XL (Jan. 22 Counterpoint), but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did just as much damage when he cancelled the Northern Gateway pipeline. Trudeau did even more damage to Canada when he effectively cancelled the Energy East pipeline. Both of these pipelines were purely Canadian and under our control.
In June 2014, the Northern Gateway pipeline project was approved by the federal government, subject to 209 conditions. Upon taking office in 2015, Trudeau imposed a ban on Canadian oil tanker traffic on the north coast of British Columbia, effectively killing the Northern Gateway project.
In October 2017, TransCanada Corp. was forced to cancel its application to build Energy East because of new, arbitrary greenhouse gas criteria put in place by the National Energy Board.
Northern Gateway and Energy East together would have been far better for Canada than Keystone XL; both were killed by Trudeau.
David G. Parkes, HRM
U.S. President Joe Biden has done Nova Scotia and all Atlantic Canada a favour. After he cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline, we read that 1,000 pipeline workers have been sent home. Home for many is in Atlantic Canada.
It is well past time that governments encouraged geothermal energy to heat and cool homes, apartment complexes, and government and commercial buildings, as well as for water-heating purposes. Most of us have this free resource in the ground below our homes, which would take care of all of the above. Retro-installing would create jobs for those returning from Alberta .
It is also past the time when community energy groups became the norm. We have only to look to Bridgewater, Berwick and Antigonish in Nova Scotia and to Summerside in P.E.I. for direction when it comes to community-owned and -operated wind turbines and solar panel PV systems. The latter, when mounted on an array that tracks the sun daily, are much more financially beneficial than installations on a house/building roof.
This would also provide well-paying jobs. Enercon, the wind turbine manufacturer, installer, maintenance company headquartered in Stellarton is always hiring, and it provides an in-house training program for new employees.
In all provinces, there are community colleges that can retrain ex-oil industry employees in the new jobs that renewables create. The NSCC Foundation and the Sobey Foundation could help with tuition and fees.
Yes, our income and sales taxes are higher than in Alberta; however, rural housing is far less expensive here. And for many, this is home — near family.
Don Wilson, Brule Point
Biden bursts bubble
How sad! After four unbelievably horrible years of Donald Trump — not to mention the recent insurrection which came very close to destroying American democracy and raised the possibility of a civil war — it is hard to believe that the euphoria that prevailed throughout the whole day in celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden would greatly dissipate by the night’s end.
With but one of 17 strokes of the pen, Biden issued us, America’s nearest neighbour and biggest trading partner, an enormous and possibly lethal body blow in his cancellation of Keystone, as was so aptly illustrated in Bruce MacKinnon’s Jan. 22 cartoon.
Whether or not you’re for Keystone, as a Canadian, you can’t help but feel the body blow. How disillusioning.
M.R. Oulton, Halifax
The Jan. 19 letter by Edd Twohig certainly demonstrates that the “The roots of Trumpism” run deep with him. Twohig’s assessment of America’s rationale, or lack thereof, for supporting Trump are as misleading as they are wrong.
Fifty years ago, following the protests of the 1960s, it was determined by American elites, driven by free-market ideology, that American society had an “excess of democracy.” In order to remedy this problem, those with the most power and influence over government decided to change the thinking of citizens through the careful dissemination of information intended to bring the average citizen onside with policy decisions that were against their own best interests.
The long-term result has led to the formation of a far-right ideology in support of removing democratic republicanism in exchange for aristocratic, or in the case of Donald Trump, monarchical republicanism.
Believing that they are being patriotic, this far-right movement attacks their own constitution by targeting any element of their government that resembles social democracy. Driven by hate and supplemental conspiracy theories, Trump’s followers advocate for a police state run by absolute corporate power and overrun by chaos.
Trump’s cult is built upon blind loyalty and the ability to look past glaring contradictions not unlike his own: he is often ready to blame China for pretty much anything, yet both he and his daughter have utilized Chinese sweatshops to manufacture their own Trump-branded merchandise.
Jason B. Fraser, Bridgewater