Letters to the Editor, April 23

TAX ON BEER
Re: “Pour one out for free trade in Canada” (Editorial, April 20): The Supreme Court decision to uphold New Brunswick liquor laws was based on a technicality. Law preventing imports of beer from outside the province are not a tariff or import tax. The import prohibition is protection of provincial tax revenue. The untaxed cost of beer is similar in all provinces, but tax levels vary. The argument that there should be no limit on goods bought in another province fails when you consider the possibility of importing a tractor trailer load of beer from Quebec for resale in New Brunswick or purchasing a vehicle in Alberta to avoid the provincial sales tax (5% GST in Alberta vs 15% HST in New Brunswick). A 10% tax saving on a $35,000 vehicle is worth the drive!
John Feldsted
Winnipeg
(New Brunswick’s law is absurd, and the Supreme Court upholding it, is even more ridiculous. We need to have a frank discussion about inter-provincial trade)
DO BETTER
Re: “Ford ‘like Donald Trump’” (Antonella Artuso, April 19): The only thing missing from Premier Wynne’s press conference Wednesday morning at Sunnybrook Hospital were cheerleaders, pom poms and a mariachi band. The event, billed as a public health-care funding announcement, quickly turned into a broad-scale campaign appearance and a vicious personal attack on Doug Ford as a Trump doppelgänger, using obviously uncomfortable hospital employees as an unwitting backdrop. I would have expected better from our premier.
Barry Francis
Toronto
(Her desperation to hang on to power is showing and Wynne will say and do anything at this point)
A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS
I’m frustrated at all of my/our money being thrown away in Kathleen Wynne’s attempt to save her job by buying votes. It’s too late! The damage has been done. Ms. Wynne stood up in front of what I am assuming is hospital staff while she threw yet more money away trying to buy votes. Acknowledging that we are in a hospital crisis with staff shortages, wait times, etc., what an arrogant waste of our resources for yet another ‘save your career’ photo op. Were these actually active staff members, paid actors, or hopefully staff that generously gave up their break time for the Liberal Party? Kathleen was so generous throwing away money to pay for pizzas for well-paid teachers/negotiators during the teacher strike and yet has no money for expensive life-saving drugs for our vulnerable children. At least we have a clear picture of where her priorities are.
Nancy Hird
Whitby
(It was painful to watch those hardworking employees standing there so visibly uncomfortable. But that doesn’t matter to the Liberals, they have an election to win)
BASKET OF DEPLORABLES
Keep up the poison against Doug Ford, Kathleen, you’re only digging yourself deeper. Ignore the fact that your Liberals have ruined this province, you obviously can’t run on anything positive that you have accomplished, so turn to the lowest form of political campaigning. Disgusting. You so sound like Hillary. Well, you know how that ended. The basket of deplorables will have their day, allowing you to join McGuinty on the U.S. talk circuit.
Bill Vernon
(This tactic won’t work. Ontarians are looking for change, and all of Wynne’s scaremongering won’t stop that)

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