Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

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ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY?

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The Conservative party debates are underground. Almost like a Yuk Yuk’s comedy hour or a session in Parliament where words are boisterously yelled with, of course, much negativity towards each other. If this is just the practice run, I can hardly wait for the encore performances.

All of it is so predictable and somewhat boring. Five out of six candidates is not a bad turnout. With a couple more fiasco debates we should be down to three. I was going to grab my notepad to record everything said that was positive, but decided to use a Post-it Note instead. They should try and appease the listening voters instead of constantly heckling each other.

I always seem to ask myself at the end of the debates, “What was the message here?” Someone is going to have to shine or the party is in muck. Strange things have happened in the world of politics. Look what we ended up with for a so-called leader. Who knows, perhaps when the debates are over I will have a totally new opinion of some candidates, if I feel they have been honest and truthful and didn’t take night-school classes from Justin.

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WAYNE KIRK

PEMBROKE

(Listen to voters? What a novel idea.)

STUDY OTHER SYSTEMS

Re: US abortion fight a diversion from Canada’s crumbling health care, column, May 5

Although this (Canada’s crumbling health care) is not new and has been reported on many times before, I have not seen any reaction from any politician or senior health-care professional. why? Is nothing being done about it? They all want more money — how about doing an analysis to determine where all these funds are going? I suggest that the total health-care system may be “top heavy”, ie, too many bureaucrats earning way too much money. Look how much Alex Munter is getting — it’s obscene! And he’s not even a doctor.

We need an independent study of systems in countries where funds are spent more efficiently and then bring these ideas back to this country.

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WYNAND SEGSTRATION

ORLEANS

(We’re guessing an independent study is expensive.)

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS LACKING

Last week was National Mental Health Week in Canada. It is an important recognition of the need to help those who are struggling. Particularly, May 7 was National Child and Youth Mental Health Day. We’ve heard a lot about the need to be there for young people who are struggling, especially after the difficulty and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recognition of mental health week, the prime minister wrote: “Together, we will end the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and build a better future for everyone.” But in practice, that is not what this government is doing.

Already the government has expanded Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) to people struggling with mental illness. Now there is talk about possibly expanding it to 16- and 17-year-olds.

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How does this make sense? On one hand, we advocate for mental health supports and on the other we offer the same people assisted suicide? Why is our country choosing to kill patients instead of doing the hard work of caring for them?

Instead of offering MAID to suicidal youth and adults, let’s offer them the support and help they need.

DANIEL ZEKVELD

GLOUCESTER

(Well said.)

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