Be prag­matic

The London Free Press - - LETTERS -

I have no as­so­ci­a­tion or ties with Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics, but I do have a re­spectable as­so­ci­a­tion with prag­ma­tism and com­mon sense.

Can­cel­la­tion of the Saudi light ar­moured ve­hi­cle con­tract with Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics as ret­ri­bu­tion for the tragic death of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi is ill con­ceived and would ver­ify an un­usual truth­ful state­ment from U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump — that we have a “weak leader” in Canada.

The Saudis could ob­tain sim­i­lar ve­hi­cles from other coun­tries. More prob­a­ble is that if this con­tract is can­celled at the ex­pense of Lon­don work­ers, em­ploy­ment and Cana­dian tax­pay­ers for the sake of a short-lived seat on the throne of righteous moral­ity re­gard­ing hu­man rights, would be the demise of the largest man­u­fac­turer in Lon­don.

Be­ing a U.S.-based com­pany and for $15 bil­lion, the pro­duc­tion of the LAV would be moved to the U.S. (an­other un­for­tu­nate vic­tory for Trump).

I found it un­be­liev­able that a prom­i­nent lo­cal NDP mem­ber is sug­gest­ing the con­tract be can­celled. I thought NDP had the backs of the work­ing peo­ple. And adding in­sult to in­jury, she sug­gested the af­fected work­ers be sub­si­dized at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense.

There should be some ret­ri­bu­tion against the Saudis for their hor­ren­dous ac­tion, and the most ob­vi­ous is don’t buy their oil. Glen Irvine Lon­don

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