Trudeau conflicts defended

I keep reading about (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau’s “criminal” activities, so I would like to address these issues with some facts.

1. (Former federal justice minister) Jody Wilson-Raybould, a native activist prior to her appointment as justice minister, refused to consider a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) for SNC Lavalin – notwithstanding that the DPA was legal and supported by cabinet. She furthermore refused to give a reason for withholding the DPA, as required.

In my opinion, she should have been fired at that time, given the implications of withholding the DPA.

Trudeau was found to be in conflict of interest for interfering (notwithstanding the precedent-setting Shawcross Doctrine) but there was no criminal activity.

Before leaving (office,) Wilson-Raybould even issued a “practice directive’ to her legal employees to cease adversarial actions against indigenous people. Fair and impartial?

2. Much has been said about the WE issue, and there are many sides to that story and we could discuss them ad nauseum. Is it illegal for politicians’ relatives to make public appearances? Should they be reimbursed for expenses? Should they receive compensation? How does the politician control this?

The inquiry (into the WE issue) found there may have been a perception of conflict of interest but none was found. Again, no finding of criminal activity.

3. While on vacation at the private island of the Aga Khan, Trudeau accepted a free flight to the island without getting prior government approval. That resulted in a rather dubious outcome of him being found to be in conflict of interest because of the Aga Khan’s charitable relationship with the Canadian government – approved by (former Conservative prime minister Stephen) Harper in 2014. Again, no finding of criminal activity.

I await comments from the multitude of Conservatives who accuse Trudeau of “criminal” activity. Please don’t shoot the messenger. Just convince me otherwise.

As an aside, in 2015 there were 17 Harper “buddies” who were under investigation for criminal activities.

Patrick MacDonald


Carbon Tax paid, passed on

Both the provincial and federal governments like high fuel costs because both the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and (federal) Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) are added on top of the Carbon Tax.

Don't be fooled, consumers pay the Carbon Tax three times when they go to fill their tanks. First, to cover the federal Carbon Tax imposed on refineries, the second time for the truck delivering the fuel (which) passes on the (cost) to us and the third time when they actually fill up their tank.

But let's not stop there. If you go to any grocery store you are going to pay the Carbon Tax at least three more times. It is passed on by the trucking companies as all goods are delivered by truck, the second time as the supplier and manufacturer pass it on to the lowly consumer and thirdly from the store itself, as it passes on the tax to (consumers).

So, my unofficial total is each Canadian pays the Carbon Tax a minimum of six times, and people wonder why costs are going up. And that’s not to mention that, as certain product costs go up, so does PST and GST/HST.

My understanding is that people are giving the government post tax dollars, because politicians said they can fix climate change. Right!

Canada, being the 76 most populous country in the world, has minimal, if any, impact on climate (change).

Governments like high prices because tax revenues increase while we pay more and more to get less and less.

I am just tired of my fixed income shrinking because politicians want to use my money for their bad ideas.

Joe Gluska , West Kelowna

No speeding enforcement

I'm pretty sure the B.C. highway patrol will be out looking for speeders but certainly not the local RCMP detachment (officers).

Const. Mike Della-Paolera says the RCMP will be monitoring downtown (Kelowna). Well, I hate to break the news to him but there won't be too many speeders in the downtown unless you count the red light runners.

Traffic enforcement in Kelowna is practically nil.

If they want to catch speeders, why not put a stop to the “Gordon Drive 500” that happens daily, the green flag drops around 4pm. The same goes for the “KLO 400.”

I guess the rumour of there only being two traffic enforcement officers in Kelowna is true.

M. Boyer, Kelowna


'Hospital' with no doctors

Carl Meadows, the director of clinical operations in the South Okanagan, last year went begging for the regional hospital district to give $1 million and designate the Penticton UPCC as a hospital, both of which were given.

Now we hear Interior Health can't even staff a doctor at the UPCC "hospital". What a waste of money.

They should have given that money to Pathways to stay open and continue functioning.

We hear all about the opioid epidemic and how our leaders pretend like they care while they do nothing. IH is amongst them.

It decreases services while it pretends like it is improving things. And it wastes money on "hospitals" with no doctors.

John McCarthy

Foregiveness over apologies

There seems to be a big ask for apologies these days.

We ask politicians to publicly apologize for bad personal decisions, celebrities must use their social media platform to apologize for offending content and actions, the Pope is asked to travel to Canada to apologize for past actions among many other requests for apologies.

Apologizing is a huge and needed action, but not one that is always associated with recovering from grief or wrong doing. In fact, it rarely is.

The larger and more needed action is forgiveness. They say that to not forgive is like drinking poison and expecting the accused to die from it. In actual fact, not forgiving is killing the resentment-filled individual.

It is possible to recover from trauma and wrongs of others by simply pursuing forgiveness in yourself. Forgiveness does not even require interaction with the accused. It is a personal journey of moving through grief and into recovery from your grief.

What happened with the residential schools is unjust and devastating and should not be forgotten or covered up. But how long are we going to hold people accountable, asking for apologies and still hold resentment and anger towards them after the apology?

We must forgive. We must move through grief and back to unity, or create the unity that has always been missing.

I would love to see forgiveness as part of Canada's history. I would love to see Canada set an example of the unity that can happen through forgiveness. I would love to see this country heal.

I, for one, am tired of the placated apologies from politicians and people of interest who really don't mean anything they say, but are just speaking to save themselves and their careers.

I've also heard it said that being sorry is being sorry for getting caught, but being remorseful and repentant is a desire to change.

Are these apologies said with remorse and repentance or are they just sorry they got caught? Either way, it is not the apology that allows us to recover and move on from grief, it is forgiveness that allows us to do this.

Shonah Marie Nykiforuk

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