Del­i­cate trade-off

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: Ber­gen re­spon­si­ble for missed op­por­tu­nity (Oct. 5)

This edi­to­rial con­tends MP Candice Ber­gen is re­spon­si­ble for a missed op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote canola in China. This is not the case at all. She would have been one mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion and not the key mem­ber.

Canola is a Cana­dian crop, not just Man­i­to­ban. Since Ber­gen was not a mem­ber of this del­e­ga­tion, it would be in­cum­bent on the other del­e­gates to pro­mote Canada’s crop. Ber­gen has ev­ery right to de­cide whether or not the ques­tions asked by Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties are in­va­sive to her pri­vacy, re­gard­less of the po­si­tion taken by other mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion.

Your state­ment that politi­cians with a proper sense of their role as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple, a po­ten­tial free trade agree­ment with China is clearly more im­por­tant than Ber­gen’s con­cerns. This is in­ter­est­ing, as you are, in ef­fect, say­ing let’s ig­nore prin­ci­ples to get an agree­ment. Would this be a fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the peo­ple?

Your edi­to­rial took on a po­lit­i­cal over­tone and you have missed an op­por­tu­nity to ques­tion how China can ex­pect to forge a free-trade agree­ment with Canada and yet deny a visa to a sit­ting mem­ber of Par­lia­ment on what amounts to a tech­ni­cal­ity.


Win­nipeg that can only be cat­e­go­rized as dis­re­spect­ful to their coun­try and di­vi­sive to their fan base, the vast ma­jor­ity of whom can only dream of be­ing given the op­por­tu­ni­ties they have been blessed with.



I do not ever want any­one to be able to do that in fu­ture about this dark part of Canada’s his­tory. If these records are not re­tained, this could pos­si­bly hap­pen here.

This ter­ri­ble thing hap­pened. I know it. But in 100 years, will peo­ple be al­lowed to deny it be­cause these records were de­stroyed?

We al­ready have some peo­ple who have sickly tried to down­play the ef­fects of this very dark oc­cur­rence. I refuse to even men­tion the names of those de­spi­ca­ble peo­ple, but the re­cent an­tics of a cer­tain fe­male se­na­tor are al­ready doc­u­mented in the news.

Please con­sider keep­ing these records, rather than let­ting them be de­stroyed. They, too, are a part of the her­itage of Canada and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

How do we teach the fu­ture psy­cho­log­i­cal heal­ers if they do not have these records to show them the long-term dam­age that was cre­ated?

Please con­sider this im­por­tant as­pect be­fore you say, “Yes, de­stroy them.”


Win­nipeg drama, clas­sics, psy­chol­ogy and oth­ers that teach crit­i­cal think­ing skills and pro­vide a more com­plex view of the world than job-train­ing pro­grams can ever hope to do. These stud­ies add val­ues that are much in de­mand in this era of fake news and can­not be cal­cu­lated in dol­lars or in di­rect con­tri­bu­tion to out­comes (a cri­te­rion ap­pro­pri­ate for K-12 schools, but to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate for uni­ver­si­ties). These val­ues are sorely at risk with this pro­posal. Ap­par­ently, KPMG and the gov­ern­ment that ac­cepts its rec­om­men­da­tions are in­ca­pable of un­der­stand­ing them.

The gov­ern­ment may be sat­is­fied with this fu­ture, but the prov­ince will be poorer for it.



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