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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN … the week of September 22nd to 28th

Welcome back to Day Seven … as we take a look at the most read commentaries of the week.  No delays today … here we go with … 

 #10 … ADAM OLSEN: The conflict of partisan politics can also have the undesirable effect of frustrating citizens and discouraging them from engaging (September 26th)

as we stumble through this federal election, we see the politics on full display … the discourse of our elections should be about how those who are lucky enough to be elected will govern … elections bring out the worst aspects of the conflict in our system of governance 

#9 … O’FEE: The Conservative Plan on Housing is a Recipe for Disaster – And not very Conservative (September 24th)

if we increase the amortization period to Andrew Scheer’s proposed 30 years (a 20% increase in time) would that cut the payment by 20%?  No. This couple’s payment would only reduce to $2378 just over a 10% drop... 

#8 … ROTHENBURGER: Most stayed clear of the China reception, and I applaud them for it. It would have been even better if 150 more of them had stayed away (September 27th)

out of curiosity, decided to briefly drop in to get a feel for the room, which at past UBCM conventions has been jam-packed with delegates. Outside the front door of the Waterfront Hotel, several media and some delegates and Chinese-Canadian citizens calling for a boycott of the reception mingled as protest placards were handed out

#7 … FRASER INSTITUTE: The total assessed value of Westbank First Nations lands (Indian Reserves 9 and 10 within the city of West Kelowna) rose more than 600% after inflation from 2005 to 2019 (September 23rd)

First Nations people living on Indian reserves are the most disadvantaged segment of Canada’s Indigenous population. Yet the situation is not all bleak because some First Nations are finding a path toward prosperity. Scholars, like journalists, often focus on bad news, but we should also study the good news to see what can be learned from successful First Nations 

#6 … AARON GUNN -- Now in fairness, Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne actually do have a lot in common (September 25th)

this is a person who led her party to the worst electoral in its’ history … a defeat so back that Ontario Liberals actually lost their official party status. Now in fairness, Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne actually do have a lot in common 

#5 … YOUR SAY ... comments on, ‘The Conservative Plan on Housing is a Recipe for Disaster – And not very Conservative’ (September 25th)

I co-owned and managed the second highest producing real estate office in western Canada so I am quite comfortable in speaking to this. In a previous comment, John implied that with this imitative, we were going to crash similar to what happened in the US in 2008 then threw out some stats that were not even relevant to this and to compare us to the US is frankly a joke 

#4 … FORSETH: We have the government of John Horgan continuing, over and over again, to look at short-term measures, rather than establishing and funding programs that will see positive long-term results (September 27th)

Needle and garbage clean-up in city parks and school playgrounds, rising safety costs, and increased crime levels are just a few of the issues affecting communities around BC. Resources such as action teams may be useful, but they are not enough to help municipalities with crippling costs, and they do nothing to end the cycle of addiction and get people into recovery – something I have noted MANY TIMES 

#3 … FORSETH: It was tough; however, it was a personal choice so that buying a first home could happen – and the government wasn’t there acting as big brother to say NO (September 24th)

With his poor judgement and tax hikes, Justin Trudeau has put the dream of home ownership further out of reach for so many, especially young Canadians,” Scheer said. “As Prime Minister, I will fix his bad policies and work to get more homes on the market to lower the price of housing.” … 

#2 … FELDSTED: That is not science; that is fudging valid temperature data to meet a political objective (September 27th)

how dare you, with your lack of experience, lecture world leaders on climate change? Many of those world leaders are elected and answer to the people who elected them, not to you, not to the United Nations, or the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Many of us are appalled that the IPCC would choose to frighten school children with implausible predictions of pending catastrophe resulting from climate change 

#1 … British Columbians want to wake up proud, work hard and enjoy the fruits of their labour right here at home ~ BC Conservative leader Trevor Bolin (September 24th)

I can appreciate that we are finally seeing the Premier act of this issue (the massive downturn in Forestry)” Bolin stated. What concerns me is that he doesn’t understand that hard working men and woman in British Columbians forest sector do not want earlier basic retirement options, or basic training for other industries that are also continuing to struggle under the NDP government” ... 

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