Thursday’s letters: Math doesn’t add up for Poilievre

Thursday’s letters: Math doesn’t add up for Poilievre

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Sep 08, 2022  •  September 8, 2022  •  3 minute read  •  159 Comments

Pierre Poilievre attends the Conservative Party of Canada Stampede BBQ event held at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
Pierre Poilievre attends the Conservative Party of Canada Stampede BBQ event held at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Photo by Jim Wells /Postmedia

If Trump wannabe Pierre Poilievre wins the Conservative leadership, the Liberals will be delighted. They will already be busy assembling videos of him promoting Bitcoin, together with him embracing the truckers’ convoy, which featured Nazi and Confederate flags, and which illegally occupied Ottawa. He will be pictured as a leader whose response to a future pandemic would not include vaccinations or masks. They will fill in the blanks on his promises to cut government spending: Child care? Health care? Old age security?

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If chosen as leader, Poilievre will leave no room on the right for Max Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada that cost the Conservatives about 10 seats in the last election. The problem is that he has no room to grow the party’s support in the other direction. The Conservatives need to take 40 to 50 seats from the Liberals to win a majority.

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Robert Tse, Edmonton

A tale of two standards of safety

It is a strange world. In community A, (James Smith Cree Nation) someone thought a person with multiple charges against him for violence was safe to live in the community. In Community B, (Edmonton) art is not installed to prevent citizens from feeling uncomfortable.

Marjorie Phillips, Edmonton

Coquihalla repairs not completed

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I had to shake my head in dismay at the letter in Tuesday’s Journal regarding the Jasper Avenue bridge and its comparison to the Coquihalla washouts. The Coquihalla washouts occurred nine months ago, and not six. Secondly, the highway is nowhere near completion. Having travelled it a month ago, there are still long sections of two-way traffic diversions which will be in place until the bridge sections are rebuilt. I did not see much activity at all in regards to the bridges except approach work.

One diversion section, we measured nine kilometres of bumper-to-bumper traffic and getting longer. Lastly, the only reason the highway opened for detoured traffic as soon as it did was the swift reaction of the TMX pipeline crews working in the area, who essentially rebuilt the road sections, not the B.C. government. Had the government been involved, they might be at the point of opening bids on the contract now.

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Rick Armstrong, Hinton

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Scooters a blight on sidewalks

A few years ago, the city council OK’d a new method to litter our streets. They let permits to the vendors of electric scooters. What an eco-thoughtful idea. I am not sure what the scooters are used for beyond joyriding but the end result is they are left scattered about the city. They end up as very expensive litter no better than paper bags from fast food restaurants. If the permits are to be granted, they should only be allowed if the vendors provide docking stations.

The units must be returned to those stations or the credit card to which they are attached will continue to be charged until the machines are docked properly. This would at the very least contain the scooters and bikes to designated areas and control the blight on our streets.

Murray Sugden, Edmonton

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