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Letters, Sept. 24, 2023: ‘Be cautious of what UCP is telling you about pensions’ Categorical Instances

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As soon as once more Danielle Smith and the UCP are utilizing smoke and mirrors when speaking about CPP. She stated Albertans are paying extra into the pension plan and are getting much less in return. As typical, she didn’t give the whole information. What Smith conveniently forgot to say was the long-time Child Boomers (the put up WWII kids) contributors to the pension plan at the moment are those receiving CPP. Since most Child Boomers should not paying into CPP, the post-Boomers, that are a lot lower than the Boomers, at the moment are accountable for protecting the pension fluid and solvent. As an alternative of five-plus kids per household, there at the moment are one or two kids per household or none in any respect. Additionally verify the monitor file of Jim Dinning whereas being an Alberta cupboard minister. See how a lot he price Alberta taxpayers whereas in workplace. And why he has not been a part of the PC/UCP authorities for a very long time. Can we need to have him spearhead a possible Alberta Pension Plan? Individuals neglect what the PC/UCP governments have price Albertans. They worn out the Heritage Belief Fund, giving no purpose the way it vanished. The PCs price potential oil refineries by utilizing taxpayers’ cash to construct a highway to a premier’s golf course and different premier pet initiatives. The UCP price Albertans billions of {dollars} on the failed oil pipeline. Bear in mind, too, that the UCP took away the varsity boards’ rainy-day funds to combat COVID and didn’t return the funds. As nicely, colleges misplaced much-needed useful resource assistants for special-needs kids and large-size courses. How a lot cash will these Albertans receiving CPP lose on their pensions if an Alberta Pension Plan replaces our CPP pensions? Why don’t these getting CPP have a proper to speak about and vote for this potential change? Personally, after paying CPP for over 50 years, my response could be: HELL NO!!

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(So, that’s a ‘no’ from you?)

Too many individuals

Re: Crowding in Colleges. UCP critics and faculty authorities concentrate on what they understand as being the issue in Alberta, the shortage of cash the UCP is spending on schooling. Nevertheless, the true downside, as with the housing scarcity, is due to the out-of-control immigration on this nation. The Liberal/NDP authorities is permitting 500,000 immigrants into Canada yearly. Our assets are being exhausted. Drastically scale back these numbers and the issues will quickly go away.


(Canada’s assets are undoubtedly being depleted.)

Extra taxes

As a senior counting on my pensions, meals costs are No. 1 with us. Trudeau threatened to tax grocery chains. Liberals looking for scapegoats to cowl their mismanagement of inflation. They need to impose limits on what firms could make. So right here now we have a authorities telling firms they’ll impose extra taxes in the event that they don’t do what Trudeau desires. How will that encourage overseas buyers? Do you assume including taxes will carry down the prices of groceries? And what’s going to extra taxes do to inflation? This may occasionally sound good to socialists however be very cautious what you ask for. Growing taxes isn’t a instrument to scale back prices. You’ll pay in the long run. Trudeau desires you to react emotionally, he doesn’t need you to assume this by means of. What occurs to shops that aren’t worthwhile? Will the chains shut them down? Are you OK together with your grocery retailer closing so the Liberals can look as if they’re doing one thing? Certainly persons are not this naïve. Do you actually assume including prices to a enterprise is not going to be handed on? Trudeau might scale back prices right now by eliminating the carbon tax. This tax elevated prices on every part you purchase. Liberals say rising taxes on grocery firms gained’t enhance prices. Get actual, people.

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(Extra taxes doesn’t seem to be a terrific plan.)

Stuffed with gasoline

Just lately, Nanaimo’s metropolis council has handed laws to ban using pure gasoline to warmth new houses. Earlier than Mayor Gondek and her fellow travellers on Calgary’s metropolis council consider passing the same kind of laws, I urge them to guide by instance, and reduce the provision of pure gasoline to their houses for the remaining time they’re in workplace. Of their quest of combatting the manufactured disaster of climate-change, politicians and Hollywood progressives at all times need another person to make the sacrifice, to bear the burden. It’s by no means them.


(There are smart, carbon-friendly methods to warmth houses in hotter climates like Nanaimo — Calgary could be a special story.)

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E. Coli and Ms. Smith

Cameras give witness to guttural sobs as Premier Danielle Smith voiced her concern for the rising variety of kids struck with E. coli poisoning. Eyes moist, she provides every stricken household a $2,000 settlement. Why would a authorities make such a proposal? When was the final inspection of this meals facility? Extra importantly, what number of meals inspectors are there and are there sufficient? How typically do they go to a facility? Has the federal government been meddling with inspector layoffs and/or suspension of providers? Do inspections fall beneath the Public Well being Act or are these selections made by politicians? Sure, an inquiry is pending however what of this $2,000 settlement? Is that this cash shopping for future silence? Hidden inside this gesture is authorized entrapment. Ought to the federal government be discovered chargeable for contributing to this mishap, households who settle for this bribe now could discover it more and more tough to sue. Strolling in tandem with the federal government is that this new provincial Chief Medical Officer of Well being. He’s sluggish to talk, remark, maintain a information convention or declare an inquiry. Relaxation assured, he is not going to be releasing any info solo, with no authorities spokesperson or the premier herself by his facet. In a courtroom of regulation, the federal government has already proven that holding a good rein in your Chief Medical Officer frees offenders of well being violations. We noticed this with latest high-profile COVID instances. An impartial Chief Medical Officer is the authority on information besides when it funnels its knowledge by means of the political arm of presidency itself, abdicates its accountability, or permits the federal government to talk on its behalf. Who then is culpable when citizenry suffers? Dealing with devastating information over long-term well being considerations to kids struggling with kidney failure from E. coli, Ms. Smith insults the integrity/intelligence of younger dad and mom with a monetary bribe that may seem like baby’s play; when 20-30 years from now, these kids will look again and surprise how and why their dad and mom accepted $2,000 for his or her life-long years of struggling and ill-health. Ms. Smith, what are these tears actually all about?

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(The federal government has stated accepting the funds doesn’t preclude future authorized motion by dad and mom.)

Ulterior motives

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, got here again to Canada after his globe-trotting summer time and located a nation and his personal get together in a surly temper respecting his cornucopia of failures and political misadventures. The voters are groaning beneath the burden of his large taxation and inflation-inducing insurance policies, and his private recognition is swirling down the drain. So what’s a fellow to do? Let me see, perhaps create a bit of pretend information to distract the nice unwashed and trigger them to look away from his innumerable errors of judgment. Reasonably than stir issues up along with his backers in Communist China, Justin is making a false narrative (with no apparent factual foundation) pointing fingers at an ally and fellow Commonwealth member, India. India is now accused of meddling in Canadian affairs (the place have we heard that narrative earlier than?) and, even worse, placing a success on a supposedly upstanding Canadian citizen. This man should be smoking an excessive amount of of that wacky tobacky that he so admires, both that or he’s making an attempt to solidify his symbiotic relationship with Jagmeet.


(Let’s hope the smoke clears and we discover the reality of India’s involvement.)

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