Letters to the Editor, April 15

BACK ROOM DEAL

Re “Doubling down on casino” (Joe Warmington, April 11): It is scary that our government makes deals behind closed doors. What are they scared of. I hope when Doug Ford gets elected that he puts a stop to this deal and has an open and transparent discussion and may the best casino win.

Rob Jager

Ajax

(That would be the reasonable thing to do)

LOOK TO THE EAST

Natural resources are Canada’s wealth. Alberta has oil. Quebec has hydroelectricity. The value of the Canadian dollar is based on the price of crude oil. I disagree with a carbon tax that does not achieve a stated objective. Alberta loses under the Equalization Payment Program. Quebec is the largest beneficiary and opposes the Energy East Pipeline. Justin Trudeau is focusing on British Columbia for special treatment. Unfair. His focus should be on Quebec and the approval of the Energy East Pipeline.

Robert Solignac

Thornhill

(It would seem like a difficult task for him to focus on more than one pipeline at a time)

PARK DRIVE CLEAN

If Doug Ford would like to win the hearts of voters in southern Ontario, all he has to do is ditch the scandalous “Drive Clean” program. This “non” emissions test is the biggest scam in the country, often costing people thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs to vehicles due to “check engine” lights which come on like clockwork after five or six years. I and many others would gladly pay $30 or $40 at licence renewal time, directly into provincial coffers, than be continually ripped off by the fraudulent “carbon” industry.

Daryl Rotondo

Kitchener

(It’s the program that just keeps on taking)

FORD SHOOTS FROM THE HIP

Doug Ford’s intemperate commitment to fire Hydro One’s CEO if elected may play well to his right-wing core supporter base. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it is simply populist rhetoric on which he will not be able to follow through. As a minority shareholder, the province can heavily influence but does not have the final say. Even if they did, there is absolutely no just cause for the decision. If implemented, the fired CEO and his board would be entitled to millions in compensation, likely a minimum of two years’ pay each. Doug Ford’s propensity of shooting from the lip about something he knows little about is the reason most PC Party members including myself didn’t vote for him. To be elected as premier, he has to prove that he is not merely Ontario’s version of Donald Trump. Unfortunately, he is not off to a good start and the only person celebrating is Kathleen Wynne.

Jonathan Household

Niagara-on-the-Lake

(You would be surprised just how many Ontarians support Ford for this suggestion)

A STRONG RESPONSE

On the one hand, I feel agony to the core just imagining the everyday lives of Syrians, for whom death has become the norm and perhaps life itself is the greater tragedy for those survivors who have lost everything. Yet, on the other hand, looking at any effort led by Mr. Trump makes me even more uneasy. He throws these statements around as if on the playground, and at the moment he’s playing king. We seem to be playing the same games over and over, and the victim of both sides are the civilians of Syria. If they are by chance saved from the horror waged by their own, they might not be so lucky against Mr. Trump’s missiles. Yes, there should be a strong response against this darkness, however, is this the right one? I am not so sure. Perhaps opening your doors to the less fortunate and oppressed may serve better a solution than building walls and threatening your rivals with proxy wars. Just maybe.

Omar Farooq

Vaughan

(Trump has established his coalition with France and the U.K., and the bombing has begun against strategic targets. What we need to also worry about is what will Russia do next)

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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