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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.)


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.)


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.)

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