July 16th, 2018

Politicians should deal with the important things first

By Letter to the Editor on February 8, 2017.

I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle. Am I still asleep? Am I dreaming? Or did I really hear controversial statements from the mouths of Canadian and American politicians? One, about Canadian values, has me wondering if I am hearing properly.

Canadian values by whose definition? Was there a referendum I missed? Given the diversity of language, culture, common practices and so many other factors, would all Canadians understand and agree to a single definition?

There are so many important and urgent problems to tackle first.

I wish our government would devote as much or more enthusiasm to tackling health care, medical costs, poverty, jobs, infrastructure and many other problems as they have so far devoted to inconsequential side diversions like trying to define “Canadian values.” A good soundbite but not much to chew on. Get down to grassroots problems first.

Just because someone has an idea does not mean it’s a good idea or even worth of discussion. Solve serious problems and then move on to other things if there is time.

Walter Korzyniowski

Medicine Hat

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