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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - August 24, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A6 Remembering Jack Layton I can’t believe Jack Layton passed away four years ago. It still makes me sad; we lost a compassionate, brilliant leader. @ tylergolly Lots of people on my feed sharing Jack Layton memories. My favourites were always the pub nights — he could down a pint faster than anyone! @ Schaubroeck Oh Jack. You were going to raise this country from the ashes. @ kim_ buttons Jack Layton is the reason I got into the political debates years ago. And he’s the reason I stopped. He was the only real person in it all. @ juliazwicker I felt hopeless when Jack Layton died. The world seemed arbitrary and unfair. @ Gingerwombat “ Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.” @ MarkDavidGerson OUR VIEW œ YOUR SAY WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015 Freedom of Trade Liberty of Religion Equality of Civil Rights A 6 PERSPECTIVES AND POLITICS EDITOR: Shannon Sampert 204- 697- 7269 shannon. sampert@ freepress. mb. ca winnipegfreepress. com EDITORIAL LETTERS FP COMMENTS TWITTER VOL 143 NO 281 Winnipeg Free Press est 1872 / Winnipeg Tribune est 1890 2015 Winnipeg Free Press, a division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership. Published seven days a week at 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 3B6, PH: 204- 697- 7000 Publisher / BOB COX Editor / PAUL SAMYN Associate Editor Enterprise / SCOTT GIBBONS Associate Editor Operations and Engagements / SARAH LILLEYMAN Associate Editor Digital News / WENDY SAWATZKY Night Editor / STACEY THIDRICKSON Director Photo and Multimedia / MIKE APORIUS W What’s your take? The Free Press wants to hear from you. Email: letters@ freepress. mb. ca Post: Letters to the Editor, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, R2X 3B6 Please include your name, address and daytime phone number. Follow us on Twitter @ WFPEditorials For a how- to video on writing letters, visit winnipegfreepress. com Revenge of the twits I’m a proud left- wing twit who doesn’t tweet, but can recognize a right- wing boob like letter- writer Cal Paul ( Tweeters a bunch of twits , Letters, Aug. 20). The naive are those who believe Stephen Harper isn’t up to his neck in the Conservative fraud trial of Mike Duffy. Meanwhile, letter- writer Terry Meindl is naive to believe Harper is an employer ( Harper’s responsibility questioned , Letters, Aug. 20). It’s the Canadian taxpayer who is the employer — Harper is nothing more than a Conservative party representative whom they chose as their leader, and by the misfortunes of our misguided election process is prime minister over a majority of Canadians who did not vote for or want him. Sorry for being such a twit. DON HALLIGAN Winnipeg ¥ It’s wonderful that Cal Paul enjoys reading the letters to the editor in the Free Press and yes, it’s a great forum to have readers express their opinions, leading to debate on serious issues. But it seems he only enjoys those letters that conform to his point of view; when they don’t, he resorts to namecalling. But then, the prime minister’s supporters who appear at his rallies have set the example for name- calling — is this the kind of thoughtful debate to which Paul was referring? MARJOREY DWORNICK Winnipeg Nationalize oil and gas industry Recent letters, the latest being from Edward Katz, skate around the problem of gasoline prices ( Reducing the sting of gas hike , Letters, Aug. 19). The solution is to nationalize the oil and gas industry — to bring it into public ownership so prices can be investigated and regulated by the government. All profits from Canadian oil and gas would then be for the benefit of Canadian citizens, not privately owned corporations. Norway has done it, and now has a massive oil fund and the highest standard of living in the world. Compare that to the meagre return Canada’s oil has given Canadians, whose standard of living is sinking fast. RAY KATHWAROON Winnipeg Hunting for justice The article Hunting critical to conservation ( Aug. 19) by Manitoba Wildlife Federation managing director Rob Olson is simplistic. According to Olson, we should kill animals in order to save them. If this is the position of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation I am deeply disappointed, and his organization will not receive any donations from me. Paul Turenne, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association, is obviously not an objective observer — he makes a living by arranging for the killing of animals ( Debate impossible in face of rage , Aug. 19). Many people are enraged by the trophy hunting of the American dentist Walter Palmer, who reportedly spent $ 50,000 in order to arrange the killing of Cecil the lion. Get used to the rage, Mr. Turenne — you are going to experience a lot more in future. The world has changed. Is the hunting in Africa of lions, elephants and other wild animals really necessary? Why don’t they organize more sightseeing safaris, events that would allow tourists to shoot lions and other wild creatures with cameras rather than rifles? The Churchill polar bear tour is a prime example of what can be done; the bears are not shot, beheaded and mounted in homes and businesses. MICHAEL CZUBOKA Winnipeg Novak knew about Duffy payment It’s becoming increasingly evident Ray Novak knew about the payment from Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy ( Coverup accusations bolstered , Aug. 21). Are we to take Conservative spokesman Kory Teneycke at his word when he stated, quite clearly, that if that were the case, it would be unfathomable he wouldn’t have told his boss Stephen Harper? FRANK EWERT Winnipeg Ready or not, election rolls on Re: Opponents skeptical PM kept in dark ( Aug. 20). Stephen Harper: He’s just not ready... to tell the truth about what he knows about the Duffy affair. Nice hair, though. DAVE JENKINSON Winnipeg ¥ The Conservative attack ads on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are probably correct — he’s not “ ready” to appoint devious individuals such as Nigel Wright, Ray Novak and the like to positions in the Prime Minister’s Office. DON WOODS Elm Creek NIMBYism on Academy Re: NIMBYs nothing if not ironic ( Aug. 22). Get over yourselves. City stats indicate Academy Road in that stretch sees 22,300 vehicles per day; I don’t think the extra 100 will be noticeable. Any indication if the good Dr. Silver has included parking in his plan? If so, the impact approaches zero. — 9X9 ¥ As a River Heights resident and a patient of Dr. Silver’s, I’m looking forward to walking to my appointments. Perhaps I’ll grab a Starbucks and some flowers on my way home. — user- 6950902 ¥ Great article, Jen. Thanks for reinforcing the fact that neighbourhood diversity is a positive thing. — verve ¥ What do the plans for the clinic look like? Are they in keeping with the neighbourhood? Shouldn’t rush to judgment. A higher concentration of business on Academy might lead to more people walking. — 23737317 ¥ Reminds me of the outrageous proposal one business made recently to open a patio on Academy. The end of all things civilized in the neighbourhood, it was! How did that turn out? — Graymalkin ¥ @ Graymalkin: It’s a slippery slope thing: first you have patios, next you have people putting in green spaces. Where does it end? — JustWondering ¥ Jen, clearly you don’t understand. Coffee shops, florists and restaurants have existed on Academy Road, in largely existing buildings or buildings designed to fit with the neighbourhood, for years. They exist to serve the residents in the neighbourhood. A clinic might be OK provided it, too, fits with the neighbourhood, but it’s a slippery slope. What about the proposed two- storey, 10,000- squarefoot financial institution on the NW corner of Academy and Waterloo they’ve tried to ram down the throats of residents? What might you call that? The issue isn’t just the derm clinic, it’s the complete lack of respect for the residents and, frankly, for the history of the neighbourhood. Just as you don’t seem to understand this, nor does Coun. Orlikow who has shown no leadership on this, seemingly quite excited about turning the street into another Corydon Ave. which is unwanted by north River Heights residents. — 1703 ¥ @ 1703: Folks like you are what make Winnipeg so behind the times. I’d suggest you move. Growth, albeit slow in Winnipeg, will happen. — Mr. President ¥ NIMBYs NIMBYs everywhere, we must be in Winnipeg. Seems like everyone is against every development that will improve the city. — ve4mm N DP Leader Tom Mulcair was studiously, politely evasive when asked why Manitoba’s most prominent New Democrat was invisible when the federal campaigner was in town last week. Premier Greg Selinger took no spot on a podium, nor was he in the audience at the NDP’s rally Thursday night. Mr. Mulcair told reporters he had seen the premier, but as for sharing the spotlight, well the federal NDP wants to focus on bringing its message forward, across the country, he stressed. It’s not that the federal Opposition leader had nothing good to say about Canada’s least popular premier. In fact, “ Greg and his government have done an amazing job, for example of keeping unemployment low,” he told one interviewer. That’s conspicuously faint praise from the man who has been heard to extol the fiscal prudence of past NDP premiers, including Manitoba’s Gary Doer. There wasn’t a lot of that brotherly backslapping this time around. The provincial NDP is struggling to get a little bit of love out of Manitobans, still sore about a surprise hike to the PST and the government’s inability to tame deficits that have added more than $ 8 billion onto the province’s debt since 2010. That painted Mr. Mulcair into a bit of a corner, when his campaign touched ground in Winnipeg. He couldn’t embrace the Selinger government and its economic performance. But an overt attempt to distance his campaign from the policies of the provincial government would jeopardize the door- knocking campaign of federal NDPers who rely on the support of party volunteers. Federally, Mr. Mulcair and the party have accused the Harper Conservatives of mismanaging Canada’s economy and finances, pointing most recently to the Parliamentary Budget Office’s projection of a deficit for 2015/ 16. Stephen Harper’s fiscal management plan doesn’t work and is hurting Canadians, the NDP insists. For his part, Mr. Mulcair has played coy about whether an NDP government would run deficits to stimulate the economy that remains fragile ( Canada is on the verge of being declared officially in recession, once again). It’s a legitimate fiscal policy, supported by some economists because of the damaging effects that can flow from restraint. It’s also something Greg Selinger uses to defend his successive deficits and his administration’s refusal to commit to a hard and fast deadline for getting back to black. These are early days, still, in the federal election campaign. It’s the honeymoon period when parties typically roll out pricey promises to catch the attention of the electorate while voting intentions are still relatively soft. The parties are costing out their promises, but not their platforms. That usually comes after the halfway point of a campaign, but with this long campaign, who knows? For now, there’s some elbow room for temporary ambiguity on the fiscal policy. ( While the Conservatives are holding fast to a balanced budge, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have refused to commit on whether they would balance the budget until getting a good look at the books.) The NDP, however, has to contend with a historical view it is the “ tax- and- spend” party, to reshape itself into a more centrist alternative to the Tories, to win the support of those who could otherwise vote Liberal. That is why Mr. Mulcair opted to go it alone on his public appearances in Manitoba. Gripand- grin sessions with a premier with a proven spending problem would be bad political optics. The last thing the federal NDP wants is to make Manitobans, and Canadians, nervous. Mulcair tiptoes around Manitoba NDP NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in Winnipeg A_ 06_ Aug- 24- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A6 8/ 23/ 15 4: 18: 33 PM

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