Letters to the editor, June 16

U.S. IS RIGHT TO BE ANGRY

Why are we adamant about keeping the outrageous tariffs on our dairy industry, and yet scream for “free trade” with the Americans? Donald Trump sees the hypocrisy in this attitude, and has levelled tariffs of his own on our steel and aluminum to counteract this unfair trade imbalance. All federal political parties support this huge tariff on American dairy products coming into this country. They claim it is “politically sensitive.” That is code for it is based mainly in Quebec, and we must protect it at any cost! Why are these politicians defending this offending tariff that benefits a hundred or so wealthy dairy farmers, mainly in Quebec, instead of standing up for the people that put them in public office and must pay much higher prices for everyday dairy items on their grocery lists? This, plus the fact NAFTA is in jeopardy because of it! Why not give the American dairy farmers a level playing field, and at the same time give Canadian consumers a break on their shopping budgets? Maxime Bernier, the Conservative that almost won the leadership race, was in favour of getting rid of this unfair trade practice, but he was a real threat to the Quebec dairy farmers and therefore not the man they wanted in place. It would have upset the apple cart, and would have been embarrassing to the Tory party to have a leader that had some real courage to right a historical wrong.

Russ Horner

Oshawa

(There are unfair trading practices on both sides of the border when it comes to the dairy industry, no one has ever got it right)

SOME CONTEXT ON TRUMP VS TRUDEAU

Re “Yes, let’s put Canada first on trade — but Trudeau is not without fault” (Candice Malcolm, June 14): I hope that your readers read her column as Candice put the Trudeau-Trump fiasco into the real facts of life. Our so-called leader earned the disrespect and anger from Trump for good reason. Liberal cabinet have been bashing Trump and criticized his leadership from day one — same as Chretien’s scathing disrespect for President Bush. If Trudeau actually negotiated in manly fashion in reference to free trade and implications of tariffs on dairy, etc., Trump would have more respect then deal with the wimpy-style Trudeau displays. Trudeau is tough when he is not face-to-face and this has and will hurt our economy and dealings with foreign trade. Just listen to comments from other leaders and their impressions of him. Also, he is totally in favour of ISIS returnees walking our streets with impunity. What a sad leader!

Patrick McConnell

Burlington

(He’s certainly embarrassed us in the past, and our nation’s economy really needs him to get this right)

HAVE A LYFT

Remember when the TTC used to urge us to take transit “because it’s the greener way”? So why do they always advertise for the opposition: Cars and car dealerships? They have trains shrink-wrapped in bubble-gum pink urging commuters to take Lyft. When did you ever see a car dealership promoting public transit? Or Greenpeace promoting nuclear power? I rest my case.

Frances Smith

(But they are happy to take the advertising revenue, can’t blame them)

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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