Former PM Harper will be sorely missed

Tom Fletcher is my favourite columnist for the Bulletin. He is succinct, pragmatic, knowledgeable and insightful

To the Editor,

Re: Harper left low taxes, small government, Opinion, Jan. 7.

Tom Fletcher is my favourite columnist for the Bulletin. He is succinct, pragmatic, knowledgeable and insightful. A most welcome change from David Suzuki and the rest of the left-wing ideologues that regularly contribute to your paper.

As for Stephen Harper, he will be sorely missed. As an economist, an academic, and well versed on international affairs, he will be remembered as a good, if not great, leader. He steered us through an international economic crisis skillfully, and Canada, as a result, was the envy of the world. He took a stand that he believed in, when it was not politically correct to do so, by supporting the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel. He committed humanitarian aid, training, and CF-18s as our contribution to fighting the scourge of ISIL and supporting our allies. Harper made Canada relevant and respected in the world.

Congratulations Canada. You have voted for Tinker Bell for prime minister. The idea of Trudeau attending an economic summit is laughable if not so sad. Likewise on international affairs.

It is time to give Stephen Harper his due.

Linda KeaysNanaimo

 

To the Editor,

Re: Harper left low taxes, small government, Opinion, Jan. 7.

This Conservative propaganda on vibrant economies and Harper steering us through the tough economic times of the 2008 recession is pure hogwash and garbage.

Let’s look at the pudding and find the real truth.

Canada and the U.S.A. are probably the most interconnected economies in the world with enormous trade.

In 2008 President Obama was handed a country in virtual collapse, with the Dow Jones, banks, financial institutions, real estate, car companies, etc. all in a downward spiral. It was serious and tense. Obama’s problems were at least 100 times that of Conservative PM Harper and our dollars close to par.

Eight years later, Obama, a liberal Democrat steered the U.S.A. through all of that and Harper left us with a 69-cent dollar. So how did the Conservative economic policies stack up against the Democratic policies to the south? Care to think about it and face the truth?

Those are real facts and the real scoreboard for all the right wingers to compare as opposed to critiquing Alberta and Ottawa on financial books they have never seen and governments that have barely taken their seats yet.

R.G. BurnettNanaimo

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