Here are today’s letters from the Ottawa Sun to the editor.
Erin O’Toole may be the official leader of the Conservatives, but Pierre Poilievre is the de facto one. Anyone closely following politics knows that the young upstart who defeated the highly favored David Pratt in 2004 knew he would be a major force to be reckoned with. The Grits despise him and have tried unsuccessfully to defeat him in the last three elections by pouring money into horsemanship for the last three seasons and making appearances for their leader.
O’Toole tried to demote him in his shadow cabinet, but his presence was so strong that he had to reintegrate him into finance. This latest sham of a pandemic spending bill that these political crooks were trying to push through Parliament would have easily passed if not for Poilievre’s tenacity.
Until the Conservatives find out, remove O’Toole and install the giant killer, they will be doomed to line up the opposition banks for years to come.
(They’re probably quite comfortable sitting there.)
Go ahead and walk your dog
Re: Not your free time, letter, December 8
I do not agree with the author of the letter criticizing a councilwoman for walking her dog during the day. Being a councilor is basically a 24/7 job, your salary is set so there are no overtime for the many hours you work. My councilman, Riley Brockington, has emailed me late at night, on weekends, and holidays, quickly addressing my concerns, for which I am grateful.
Riley attends community events in the evenings and on weekends, so if you want to get away from your computer at a time that suits you, that’s fine by me.
We could all benefit from a walk in the sun.
VACCINES WORK BETTER FOR …
Now that we know that immunity to COVID wanes six months after receiving a second dose and boosters are recommended, now vaccine manufacturers say a fourth dose will be needed. So far the efficacy of the vaccine.
I have come to the conclusion that while vaccines work in some way to prevent serious diseases, they work better for the profit margins of Big Pharma and the lucky few who have a substantial stake in these companies.
(The opinion of a cynic).
FINANCE EXPERIENCE COULD HELP
You can go back possibly 70 years or more and find that Canadian finance ministers have had at least some connection to business. Except for two individuals. Gilles Loiselle, a former CBC correspondent and a serving member of Parliament, was Finance Minister in the very short and inept Conservative government of Kim Campbell.
The second is Chrystia Freeland, with a BA in Russian history and a MA in Slavic Studies, which is the study of Slavic languages.
I suppose you could argue that the appointment of finance minister is the most important position in government, perhaps even more important than that of prime minister. The question you should ask yourself is, “Why would you put a person with absolutely no financial experience in such an important position?”
(A very good question, actually).