Tory MPs on throne speech

Small businesses were looking to the Liberals to bring forward a plan to address critical supply chain issues they are facing in advance of the important upcoming holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, the Liberal (government’s) Speech from the Throne is a complete failure for these small businesses.

Instead of presenting an economic plan for small businesses that have been left behind, (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau’s approach means more of the same. More deficits leading to higher taxes and inflation, at a time when Canadians are barely making ends meet. Small businesses are an afterthought for this government, mentioned only once in this economic plan.

Our small businesses were already hit hard over the past twenty months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a cycle of lockdowns, and ongoing labour shortages. Now, supply chain issues that started at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to get worse due to the devastating floods and landslides in British Columbia.

Despite supply chain challenges being at the forefront for nearly two years now, the Liberals’ lack of action and acknowledgement of supply chain issues within Canada is staggering. A vague mention about ensuring Canadian supply chains are resilient is not enough.

Canada’s Conservatives will be the voice for small businesses, and for the millions of Canadians left behind in Justin Trudeau’s economy.

Tracy Gray (Kelowna-Lake Country MP) Conservative small business recovery and growth critic

Randy Hoback (Prince Albert MP) Conservative international trade and supply chain resilience critic

Alain Rayes (Richmond-Arthabaska MP) Conservative Quebec lieutenant and official languages critic


Regrets 'helping' the RCMP

Re.: RCMP promise to do better (Castanet, Nov. 24)

Once upon a time I fought for the Kelowna RCMP.

I fought for a Sexual Assault Unit here. I gave it everything I had. Some say too much.

I caused quite a stir in our community, yelling at city council meetings, holding one-woman protests in front of the detachment and outside City Hall and calling out the (RCMP) superintendent, the mayor and anyone who got in my way.

A Sexual Assault Unit eventually came to the Kelowna RCMP. It felt like a win — a small one, but a win nonetheless. I didn't hold out much hope for change.

As time has gone on and the Kelowna detachment has undergone changes, I had glimmers of hope. They are gone now. To be honest, they have been (gone) for awhile, for several reasons.

We heard this week of yet another survivor of sexual assault being told by the Kelowna RCMP they weren't worthy of an investigation. We heard they got an apology from Supt. Triance. We also heard the survivor found that apology hollow.

We heard Const. Smith has now "retired" from the Kelowna RCMP. What exactly does that mean? Has she retired from Kelowna and been moved to another detachment? What a grand idea. Make another community suffer her.

Has she retired completely? With nothing more than a lecture?

Has she "retired" for completely different reasons? You know, like not being vaccinated. Tis the season for that.

I regret investing so much energy into helping an organization that so clearly will never change what its is at its core.

An organization that resents me for helping them. I should never have fought for a sexual assault unit. I should have been fighting to defund and abolish the RCMP from the beginning. It was a waste of my time and Kelowna's money. I am sorry.

Four of Kelowna's top cops were at (the) city council (meeting) on Monday. As I walked in the door to the lobby—I try to attend every meeting—Supt. Triance greeted me.

I am grateful this story didn't break until Tuesday. I promised myself no more “outraged survivor" antics at council. I’m not sure I could have kept that promise. It took a lot to nod and walk to a seat as it was.

I have debated speaking out about this for awhile now but I am nothing if not true to my convictions.

Abolish the RCMP

Heather Friesen

Truckers, slow down!

Hello, this letter is in response to the multiple accidents that are happening on Highway 3.

I am a commercial truck driver based in Kelowna and I haul Super B trains between the Okanagan and the coast.

The police and CVSE (Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement officers) need to enforce speed limits and (deal with) unsafe truck drivers. It is ridiculous how fast some of these trucks are going, trying to pass other large trucks on sharp corners and using oncoming lanes to pass slower trucks. Add to that, most drivers—both commercial and of cars—don’t know the route and drive it at the same speed as on the Coquihalla Highway.

I was cut off three times (Thursday) by other commercial trucks going way to fast and passing like it’s a race.

CVSE and the police need to do a much better job because obviously people are too stupid to slow down on a road they do not know.

B. Robson, Kelowna


American softwood tariffs

Re.: Canada may retaliate (Castanet, Nov. 25)

Regarding the latest softwood tariffs, the Canadian government does not understand that the American government makesmost of their decisions relating to Canadian trade and exports based on Americans’ perception of Canada as a whole.

It is basic salesmanship 101 and to close the sale.

You have to understand your customers point of view and focus on who makes the decisions.

Mark Coleman, West Kelowna

Tariffs on coal shipments?

Re.: Canada may retaliate (Castanet, Nov. 25)

I'm writing to advise that a possible target for this retaliation would be the multiple trains per day hauling coal from Wyoming to the Roberts Bank supersport.

The exporters in the U.S. were turned down by every West Coast U.S. port capable of handling these huge numbers of coal/unit trains but Canada said “sure, no problem".

There is no alternative export port for this coal destined for shipping to Asian buyers, so I'm thinking that shutting down these trains, or adding a similar tariff to the price of these coal shipments which should offset the tariffs placed on our softwood lumber.

I have to wonder why we're allowing the transport of Wyoming coal through B.C. when we have plenty of Canadian coal we could send (to Asian buyers).

In the end, it gets burned creating CO2 and that's bad for the environment but how about sending Canadian coal and keeping the profits here since, one way or other, coal is being burned?

Alan Sanderson

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