Ottawa’s Struggle to Keep Election Promises

Ottawa’s Struggle to Keep Election Promises

In a recent letter to The Globe and Mail, a reader expressed their skepticism about Canadian politicians and their ability to fulfill their election promises. The reader specifically mentioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2015 promise to run small deficits for three years and then balance the budget in the fourth. The reader doubts that any of Trudeau’s promises will ever be kept.

Another reader responded to this sentiment, questioning whether politicians should prioritize re-election over the well-being of the country and its citizens. The reader argues that politicians should focus on doing what is best for the country, rather than simply trying to win votes.

The article also discusses the Liberal government’s efforts to target grocers with changes to the Competition Act. The government is threatening tax measures if prices do not stabilize. However, some readers argue that grocers should not be begrudged for making a profit, as they have faced tough times and have worked hard to keep stores open and provide high-quality merchandise.

The topic of grocery inflation is brought up, with one reader suggesting that inviting Vladimir Putin to meetings on the subject would be appropriate, as his actions have contributed to the rising prices of grain.

Another article in The Globe and Mail highlights the importance of understanding Canada’s economic situation. The reader argues that when there is too much money in circulation, its value decreases, leading to inflation. They emphasize the need for more analysis and discussion of the Bank of Canada’s policies on interest rates and quantitative easing and tightening.

The issue of hospitals failing to report adverse drug reactions is also addressed. One reader points out that health care boards and hospital administrators have not demanded the necessary information for management, despite the significant funds spent on organizations that collect data about patient discharges. The reader questions why there is no enforcement and suggests that Health Canada may prioritize pharmaceutical profit over the health and safety of Canadians.

Lastly, the article mentions the ongoing debate about censorship in school libraries. While some argue that there should be oversight of library content, others believe that librarians are best equipped to make those decisions. They also highlight the dangers of inappropriate content on the internet, stressing that parents, teachers, and advocacy groups should focus on addressing this issue rather than interfering with school libraries.

Overall, the source article and letters present a variety of opinions on different topics, ranging from election promises to grocery prices and health care. The differing viewpoints offer a glimpse into the concerns and debates that Canadians are currently engaging in.

Sources without URLs:
– The Globe and Mail (source article, Sept. 18)
– T.S. Ramsay, Kenneth Duff, Anoop Khanna, G. Wayne Brown, Ed Dunnett, David Zitner, Alan Trufal, Patrick Tighe (letters, various dates)
– The Harvard Center of Ethics (referenced in Alan Trufal’s letter)

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