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Letters to The Sun, Sept. 25, 2021: Readers’ reactions to the federal election

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Another election is over, but for many, the following question remains: Why can’t our politicians, both federal and provincial, rise above partisan interests and work for the common good? No one knows what concentrating on public health care and education for at least one generation could accomplish, because it has never been tried. Just maybe, the resulting healthy well educated generation, would start solving problems that affect us all.

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Graeme Gardiner, Sidney


I continue to ponder how $600 million could have been better utilized than on an election that was called, in my opinion, purely for self-serving purposes. Immediate things that come to mind are 700 subsidized homes, or 8,500 nurses’ salaries for a year, maybe 7,500 teachers’ salaries, or 7,600 psych nurses’ salary for a year, 45,000 childcare places paid for, senior’s subsidies. … I could go on.

These are only estimations of how our taxpayers money could be better utilized. Was this election really warranted in the middle of a pandemic, when many families are struggling across the country? Ironically, we will likely be repeating this pointless activity in 2023. Maybe it will cost $700 million by then.

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Jane Harris, Surrey


So, first-past-the-post produces another minority government despite negative talk and strategic voting. So, why not try a proportional system and find out the true aspirations of the public. Then, with permanent minorities parliamentarians would need to cooperate to get things done.

Tony Burt, Vancouver


Various media reported long lineups and lack of polling centre staff in voting districts across the nation in Monday’s election. Small wonder. I applied to work the election. Went to the training session. But then I found out I’d be working 15 or 16 hours with three short breaks. Bring your own food and water, etc. I’m 78 and backed out the next day.

When I went to vote at our polling station at 3:30 p.m., I asked the 20-something greeter how she was holding up. She said her feet hurt and she was tired, having started the day at 6 a.m., with about six hours to go. I asked the 20-something woman at the voting desk how she was holding up. Her back was killing her, she said. Her chair was a standard metal folding chair with no support.

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Perhaps if the polling jobs came in eight-hour shifts, with reasonable breaks and with real chairs, Elections Canada might get old fellas like me to help out. But with these conditions? Forget it.

Bryant Avery, Surrey

A response to cruise ships not docking in Canada

So here is a modest proposal for Premier John Horgan and his federal colleagues. Since there is significant investment in cruise ship infrastructure and cruise tourism at stake, and since Americans generally negotiate only when it is in their interest to do so, I propose that in response to the legislation making stops in B.C. no longer a requirement for the Alaska cruise ships, we should make a law that any passenger vessel with more than 1,000 person capacity (the same threshold as the American law uses) is hereby banned from using the Inside Passage, and banned from transit of Canadian waters to the 200-mile limit.

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This can be to enforce environmental laws, passenger safety, stop shore erosion, or whatever reason or reasons are justifiable.

Make the cruise ships go out of their way to avoid B.C. altogether, so that they go out the Strait of Juan de Fuca for 200 miles before they can turn north. Canadian Coast Guard and navy patrol ships can ensure compliance.

The guests will still be able to see the Alaska panhandle, but there will be big questions why the first couple of days of the journey are in the wide open and storm-tossed Gulf of Alaska. Then we will see how long it is before the cruise companies defy the law and return to Canadian ports.

Keith Hamilton, Bella Coola


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