Like their American counterpart, Mitt Romney and company, the Conservatives still dont get it [FIPA gives businesses confidence, Nov. 15 Letters, TIMES]. It was deregulation that brought the American house of cards down, and as every other country in the world knows, deregulation of the environment is economic as well as environmental suicide, and is against all known scientific as well as just good old common sense.
I have been writing for at least a decade that Canada should not put all its eggs in one basket, and should reach out to the Pacific Rim countries to reduce Canadas reliance on America almost exclusively for trade. But times were good, and who is it hurting?
Now we are seeing the results of that shortsightedness, as our main trading partner is sick, and consequently, we have put ourselves in a vulnerable position.
But I certainly do not think we have to turn over the keys to our country as well as Canadas sovereignty to secure mutually beneficial trade agreements with any country, let alone a Communist dictatorship.
Canada has what the rest of the world needs, and we dont have to give up anything to get fair trade for our resources. The oil isnt going anywhere, in fact it can only become more valuable in the future.
Randy Kamp makes it quite clear that the Conservatives serve the corporations and the Canadian people are little more than an inconvenience.
How much confidence does business want? They already have been given the lowest corporate taxes in the G7 15 per cent, or less than half what American business taxes are, and that isnt enough.
How about all Canadians pledge a vow of fealty to ask no more for our labour than is acceptable to our masters?
How much do these Neanderthals want? When is enough enough?
I will tell you: when Canadians are working for the same wages as the Chinese or any other third world country, and Canada for all intents and purposes is a third word country, joining all those other unfortunate, resource-poor countries of the world.
But Canadians will still be paying $350,192 for a home. What does that tell you? Your children will never own a home.
While Corporations pay less and less and contribute less, Canadians get less and less and at the same time I am paying thousands of dollars more in taxes, new taxes and user fees, green taxes, electronics taxes, gas taxes, environmental taxes, etc.
And at the same time, they are destroying the environment ever since the Conservatives and the BC Liberals came to power.
I now pay $1,392 a year for MSP. I pay around $50 a month for bridge tolls (taxes), and I get to wait two years on a hospital waiting list for an operation. The unemployment rate in B.C. is 7.5 per cent, and our B.C. government lets 70,000 illegal foreign workers earning substandard wages do Canadian jobs.
So just who is getting all this windfall money Canada is making by selling off all our precious renewable and nonrenewable natural resources? It is a fact that the middle class and seniors, contrary to all the propaganda, are much worse off since Conservatives got power.
I have to wonder where the upside is for the Canadian people.
Wayne Clark, Maple Ridge
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