LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LET PEOPLE DECIDE
Maybe spending all that money on this foolish rapid transit should be stopped. Make better use of the money or give what’s left back. But like Bipole III, the government for each level says it’s too late. Pretty sure rapid transit goes over their amount. This city just keeps gouging taxpayers. Maybe it should be the people voting on these projects then give the government the yes or no on these projects.
BRYAN WOOD The city voted yes on the BRT when it elected Bowman as mayor. The province said shut down Bipole by electing the Tories.
WHO’S IN CHARGE?
City spending 70K on “another Portage & Main study.” Is this a prime concern? Makes one wonder who is in control of the purse strings, and priorities; especially when sewage costs are headlined to complete Winnipeg’s largest treatment plant. JOHN FEFCHAK Exactly how many Portage & Main studies are needed?
TRUDEAU OUT OF TOUCH
As a small business owner for 40 years, I employed from 1 to 15 taxpayers. I worked many 60 hour weeks and, at times went home without a paycheque after making sure that the employees were paid. My corporation paid tax annually while I tried to build equity in the company for myself and my wife. When I heard the multi-million dollar trust fund baby, now holding his first fulltime job, say if business owners needed a tax break, they should buy RRSPs it stuck me as the least informed and least sensitive thing that a ruler ever said since Marie Antoinette said if the peasants had no bread “let them eat cake.”
GARY CUSSON Trudeau is clueless when it comes to the middle class.
LOOKING FOR EASY WAY
Regarding the “sustaining health care” section of the Manitoba Making Choices survey. Again, government is looking for the easy way out — through a tax. You need to make what you currently receive in revenue work. The overhead spent on health authorities has played a huge role in this province’s health care inefficiencies. You enable five RHAs and their 63 members to administer a cost-ineffective health service. Too much power, too little to show for it. You’ve commissioned an outside consultant at a cost of $200,000 to formulate a plan that is the responsibility of your learned health authorities. If they can’t come up with a plan on their own, then what good are they? Find your cost savings and efficiencies in the way health care services are delivered from within. Stop hosing and lying to us that a tax is the only viable solution. Alberta stopped charging its premium in 2009 and other provinces have since vowed to scrap their fees. So what makes Manitoba so special? And you knew in advance that federal funding cuts were coming; and yet, you carried on by ignoring the inevitable. Now you’re placing the burden at the feet of your family. That’s irresponsible and not fair. You need to accept responsibility for the choices you’ve made.
HANK HRISTIENKO Slaying the deficit is hard work. Raising taxes is a path most Manitobans don’t want to take.
Really Premier Pallister? Is the charging of a user fee for health care as tough a call as taking your raise when you became Premier?
MIKE DYCK One of those was certainly an easy call.