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.