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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.


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?


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.


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.

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