YOU SAID IT
PM EXPANDS HIS LIST OF TALENTS
Re: Taxpayers taken for a ride on ‘used’ RCMP cars, Nov. 7
The most recent outrage has the federal government buying 631 vehicles for a twoday G7 summit instead of doing the sensible thing, known to us deplorables as “renting a vehicle for the weekend.”
This latest shenanigan highlights our prime minister’s growing range of talents:
Martial artist: Beats Patrick Brazeau in boxing match. Loses temper in Commons and elbows female MP.
High-rolling financier: Can’t get extension built, so buys outrageously overpriced pipeline for $4.5 billion. Runs up gigantic series of deficits.
Actor: Visits India, apparently to play Mr. Dressup, an Indian bridegroom, and be snubbed by Indian PM Modi.
Negotiator: Virtue-signals a busy President Trump on his way to Korea instead of getting down to business in a vital trade agreement.
Entrepreneur: Used car salesman.
Seriously, would you buy a used car from this guy? Please, Canadian voters. Add “Vote out this prime minister” to your to-do list for the new year. DAN NAYLOR OTTAWA (You paint quite the CV.)
DON’T LOOK TO ATHLETES TO SET EXAMPLES
I have a question for parents: When did athletes and entertainers become role models for your children?
Athletes are famous because they are very good at their sport. If you want your child to learn something about being a great hockey player, then show them videos of Wayne Gretzky. Whether Gretzky is a wonderful person or a jerk is irrelevant. You can explain that to your child as well. It is your responsibility to raise your child to be a good person, not some athlete, actor or singer.
Jon Gott’s actions were childish and irresponsible, but he is not the parent of your son or daughter, and it is not up to him to be a role model for your child. JOHN FAIRWEATHER
ALMONTE (Parents have to carry the load at the end of the day. But we don’t think Gott’s move will send too many kids off the rails.)
POSTAL WORKERS PLAYING WITH FIRE
I am amazed that CUPW employees are still employing the old tactic of striking the corporation.
They are really playing with fire and tempting fate. Don’t these unionists know that people and businesses use the mail less and less and depend more and more on internet and courier services? In fact, isn’t Canada Post becoming more like a parcel-delivering service à la CanPar, Purolator, UPS or many other reliable delivery companies? I find they deliver more flyers and “personalized mail” items (what used to be called printed matter/3rd Class mail) than important letter mail (1st class).
Canada Post Corporation ought to insist that compulsory arbitration be part of the new collective agreement and, furthermore, as the letter-mail volume has certainly diminished exponentially, take the opportunity to reduce mail delivery to three days week. ROBERT LEBRUN ORLÉANS (The long-term future of Canada Post is anybody’s guess, but this strike isn’t helping.)