LET­TER TO THE ED­I­TOR MPP shouldn’t fol­low Premier blindly

Seaway News - - Opinion -

Dear Ed­i­tor: I surely do not wish to be­come em­broiled in a de­bate with our lo­cal politi­cian through the me­dia but I would ask if I may please re­spond to the re­cent let­ter to the ed­i­tor re­gard­ing scrap­ping the cap and trade scheme.

The rise of pop­ulist lead­ers into the po­lit­i­cal arena is, in my opin­ion, strictly be­cause the vot­ing pub­lic has lost faith in the tra­di­tional politi­cian. Sadly, many very in­tel­li­gent politi­cians have fallen into the trap of sup­port­ing new pop­ulist lead­ers, be­cause that per­son hap­pens to be their leader. It doesn’t take long for the knives to come out and at­tack on past gov­ern­ments. This is a typ­i­cal ploy of the pop­ulist. Un­for­tu­nately, our lo­cal MPP has al­lowed him­self to be caught in the snare.

In his let­ter on Aug. 15 to the Corn­wall Se­away News, our MPP tells us by scrap­ping the cap and trade scheme the av­er­age fam­ily will save $260 per year and 14,000 jobs will be cre­ated. This is ex­actly why the pop­ulist leader gains a foothold, BE­CAUSE ELECTED POLITI­CIANS AVOID THE TRUTH. Our MPP does not tell us about the other side of the coin, the ‘un­seen’ costs to the av­er­age fam­ily and the jobs that are LOST.

Our MPP does not tell us from where the gov­ern­ment will be get­ting the money to fight the for­est fires and save the flooded com­mu­ni­ties, both ex­ac­er­bated by the chang­ing weather pat­terns – global warm­ing. Nor does our MPP tell your read­ers from where the money will come to de­fend the le­gal cases brought by com­pa­nies such as Tesla, an elec­tric car man­u­fac­turer, or fight­ing le­gal bat­tles with the Cana­dian Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, a gov­ern­ment seek­ing to be in ac­cord with the na­tions of the world through the Paris Agree­ment on global warm­ing.

Nor was there any men­tion of how the provin­cial gov­ern­ment will deal with events such as re­cent flood­ing in Toronto, when Canada’s largest city was hit by rain­fall so se­vere it ex­ceeded the abil­ity of the storm sew­ers to cope. This was an un­prece­dented event, no doubt caused by the change in our weather pat­terns. In other words, global warm­ing.

It is noted the pop­ulist leader and his sup­port­ers still have no plan to curb the im­pacts of global warn­ing so now we can ex­pect ris­ing costs for fight­ing ever more On­tario for­est fires. Apart from this, like it or not, we are a part of the world or­der and have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look be­yond our noses and be faith­ful to the credo we like to es­pouse, ‘we are car­ing people’.

The new leader of the gov­ern­ment of On­tario has de­clared, with much fan­fare, his proior­ity to bring $1 beer on the mar­ket. There are far more im­por­tant things our provin­cial gov­ern­ment should be ad­dress­ing. Just seek­ing to kill ev­ery­thing that has been cre­ated by a pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment is not con­struc­tive.

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