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Today's letters: What went right at the G7, supply management, free speech

One thing at least, went right at the G7 meeting, a letter-writer explains. You can write to us too, on any topic, at letters@ottawacitizen.com

Another reason for national pride


Re: Donald Trump disrupts G7 women’s empowerment session by showing up late, June 9.


Donald Trump’s insults continue to feed the news cycle, many days after the G7 Summit, and seem to have built a movement of all-party national pride in Canada. But where true political courage was shown was not only in standing up to our bullying neighbour but in making sure he would not derail the important multilateral work of the G7.


Thus, in the middle of the Charlevoix drama, the Canadian delegation was able to shepherd the adoption of the $3.8-billion program to provide education to millions of girls in situations of crisis (civil strife, natural disasters etc.). The feat may not have received much media attention but it will bear fruit for an entire generation, starting with the desperate Rohingya refugees from Myanmar stuck on the southern border of Bangladesh.


That, too, is worthy of our national pride.


Jean-François Tardif, Gatineau


Spin from the supply-management cartel


Re: Food producers’ pop-up ‘diner’ has pull on politicians, June 13.


Oh, the irony. On the very day MP Maxime Bernier is fired from the Conservative caucus for telling the truth about supply management – which is that it’s a cartel that benefits multi-million-dollar agribusinesses while overpricing dairy products and disproportionately hurting poor Canadians – the same cartel hosts a Sparks Street propaganda “diner.” Naturally, it attracts the politicians whose campaigns are bolstered by the cartel. And your reporter writes that “a poll last summer found three-quarters of Canadians support supply management.” Any guesses as to who provided those results?


Bruce Annan, Ottawa


A better way to use lottery money


Lotto Max has recently given us another winner of a $60-million jackpot. To allow this is all very strange because Lotto Max is operated in Ontario by a Crown Corporation for a government that is trying to distribute wealth more equitably. Surely it is out of sync to take money from the poor to create a multi-millionaire or two.


Is it ever sensible to give $60 million to a stranger? It certainly has nothing to do with need, and when you consider the three million Canadians who are struggling to pay last week’s rent, such an act could be called immoral.


Wouldn’t it be more sensible to do away with the jackpot and divide the money into $1-million lots? Within one year, hundreds of Canadians would be freed from the pall of poverty, and the skies would ring with praise for Lotto Max!


John E. Rutherford, Gatineau


Now it’s about free speech, too


After a campaign leaving many wondering what policies he would implement, Doug Ford has taken to Twitter to announce his first policy decision. Contradicting his campaign slogans of protecting free speech, he has stated that he will use his power to ban the annual Al-Quds protest “anywhere in the province.”


This violation of the Charter is unconvincingly branded as fighting hate speech. But hate speech is already illegal in Canada and if anyone at the Al-Quds rally were committing this crime, they could be arrested and charged. None has been. A backdoor attempt to stop them is being made by abusing the legislative system


A call to halt a legal assembly of persons whose message jars your tranquility, under the cynical guise of pre-emptively stopping potential hate speech laws violations of which there is no precedent, is an assault on Canadian democracy. Next year, we will march for two reasons.


Jarrah Elhalabi, Ottawa


The kindness of strangers


My heartfelt thanks to the young man who called 911 for me, and the four women – one with a carton of orange juice – who came to my aid on Clemow Avenue when my husband lost consciousness due to a diabetic condition.


He has recovered and these acts reaffirm my belief in offering help when it is needed.


Carol Scharf, Kanata


 


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