Promises have been broken

The Liberals tabled their latest budget with 13 highlights that in my mind are simply promises that are proven far too easily broken.

They are designed to buy our votes. Their reckless respect for our country’s debt will be paid for by future generations. This is in complete disregard for the broken promises that we fell for in the last election.

Trudeau has failed when he promised us three main incentives to vote Liberal:

  • A balanced cabinet with an open and honest way of governing. This promise was broken by his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
  • Sensible and responsible debate regarding major government spending. That was avoided in the $4.5 billion purchase of the incomplete and idle Kinder Morgan pipeline.
  • A promise to deliver a balanced budget by 2019 while adding no more than $20 billion to our national debt. That promise has been blown away and confirmed in this new budget. 

When voters get their next chance to pass their verdict on the Liberals’ fiscal stewardship, the Trudeau government will have added roughly $75 billion to the national debt compared to their campaign promise to us in the last election.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau confirmed what everyone knew all along. There will be no balanced budget by October 2019, and not only that, it’s deficits for as far as the eye can see if the Liberals stay in government.

Morneau argues that deficits and debt are not what is important, it is the size of that debt relative to the national economy. It’s true, the debt-to-GDP ratio continues to decline and will be at 30.5 per cent at the next election. In 2015, Trudeau promised it would be 27 per cent, another broken promise.

The Liberals promised they’d balance the budget by 2019 to $19.1 billion, but have instead added an additional $66 billion in debt on our backs.

Morneau trotted out a theme you will almost certainly will hear over and over again as we get closer to Election Day this fall.

“When the (Conservatives) push for an aggressive elimination of the deficit, what they really mean are aggressive cuts in services, cuts that will make life harder for people and their families,” he said.

For Liberals, they’ll be hewing hard to the old saw, “Tory times are tough times.”

The Conservatives will be pushing back, making the case that you ought to save when times are good so you have some reserves for the bad times. Indeed, Leader Andrew Scheer has already promised such a plank in his platform.

Think of the dire future the Liberals are downloading on our kids when we go to vote in six months.

John Snelgrove, Peachland


Politicians are to blame

Solutions to radical behaviour around the world requires a clear and bias-free analysis.

Of concern to many are the actions of leaders like Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, who arbitrarily and against the expressed will of her citizens let a million immigrants into Germany.

It is also well documented that our own prime ministers, past and present, have opened the floodgates to millions of immigrants from Third World countries.

Our politicians tell us we must help the poor people in those countries, but taking them away from friends and family, and transplanting them into radically different cultural and geophysical environments will not bring resolution to any of the problems they are experiencing in those countries, regardless of what their social, economic, or political issues may be.

If we are serious about helping them, then we must take our money and talents into those countries, and build infrastructure like schools, hospitals, and better homes, to help them become more self-sufficient.

Canadian corporations are already doing a commendable job in many Third World countries, educating and employing local people in the development of their natural resources.

Politicians have no mandate to arbitrarily decide how many people are allowed into any country. 

Such decisions promote serious dissension, in some cases even bordering on hatred. Banning guns will not mute that frustration.

Arrogant and insensitive politicians are easily perceived to be the main villains in these horrible developments.

Andy Thomsen, Kelowna

Good luck in Trumpland

Ken Quesnel asks, in his recent letter about trading Trudeau for Trump, "where do I sign?"

I can answer that question for you, Ken.

You sign right at the bottom of the form that you have just filled out in application for a U.S. "green card," right under the part where you denounce Canada.

And, Ken, please hurry. We don't need any more negative nellies in this country.

The best of luck to you down there in Trumpland.  
Signed, a true Canadian

Mark Levey


Something smells fishy

Re: Ben Reiner's letter, Who am I to disagree?

I have a very short assignment or you. Study the Mediaeval Warming Period (900-1400 AD).

I know there are lots of educated people who insist that humans are causing global warming or climate change and most likely the next ice age as well, but that doesn’t mean you have to be so gullible.

Just because people in authority say something is so, does not make it true.

They used to think the world was flat.

There are many scientists who say that climate change is complete bull, Arctic ice is now increasing. This winter smashed 10-year cold records worldwide.

Wouldn’t a thinking person reason that something might be suspicious here?

Al Gore is on target to become the first climate billionaire, and every country that has followed his lead is robbing its populace of their hard-earned money. All in the name of the greatest hoax ever perpetrated.

We must be good stewards of nature, but this has nothing to do with that.

Steve Novak, Kelowna

Stop signs for a reason

There are stop signs for a reason. They are not there to remind you to stop; they are there to tell you to stop.

I live near the busy three-way Baron and Ziprick intersection in Kelowna. 

There are three stop signs, and the crosswalk is frequently used by pedestrians, usually kids. Very often, children walk to and from the park/school nearby.

When we have cars speeding past the stop signs, it could be potentially fatal to anyone crossing. 

Every day I drive up to the three-way stop and make sure to come to a complete stop.

I looked left, then right, and then, when it was my turn to proceed, a car came speeding from the right and turned the corner without slowing down.

Another example is when you don’t come to a complete stop. You don’t have the right of way. The car that stops first has the right of way. 

The car could have hit a pedestrian or myself. I use this intersection three or four times a day, to and from work, and lunch. It is dangerous, and I think a red flashing light would help, before we end up with someone seriously hurt.

We need to enforce the rules of the road in neighborhoods, especially school zones.

The sight lines are very good. In this case, Ziprick is a through street, so I’m not sure why there is even a stop sign there. It practically invites motorists to breeze through. 

I hope this letter brings some insight, and maybe some more policing to the area during peak times.

Kyle Gray

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