Letters to the Editor, Feb. 22
I am one of those people you describe in “No sympathy for hotel bird” (Letters to the Editor, Feb. 14). My husband and I moved here Sept. 30, 2019, thinking that we were moving to a place which provided the amenities described in the above-mentioned letter. Dec. 28, 2019, Bill passed away and I have had to endure mourning, and the loneliness caused by the pandemic, alone since family were not allowed to visit. The rules have been very difficult to deal with. However, COVID-19 has so far been kept out of our buildings. Just recently, I have been allowed two designated visitors.
(We are very sorry for your loss. The loneliness you describe is all too familiar for so many people right now, but it’s good you’re able to some people now)
Re “Tory climate plan on way” (The Canadian Press, Feb. 12): I am really appreciative of Erin O’Toole’s recognition that big emitters need to pay for the carbon pollution that they produce. As a millennial voter, I am strongly supportive of a climate plan from the Conservative Party. To be fully convinced, however, I will need to see an evidence-based plan that also prioritizes equity. For example, 80% of households (especially those that are low income) come out ahead from the federal backstop carbon price. Still, O’Toole’s statement is a step in the right direction, and I truly look forward to learning more about the Tories’ strategy.
(So he can count on your vote then?)
A LESSON IN THE MONARCHY
The recent poll showing that Canadians are less supportive of the monarchy is simply a good reason to revisit our educational process within the country. Many people are unaware of the fact that we are indeed a constitutional monarchy and indeed how it works. Moreover, they seem to be getting whatever information they can get from a television series, which is not and never has been factual. I wasn’t born in Canada, but I support the monarchy wholeheartedly as I can and do see the pitfalls and danger of a republican system of government. An elected head of state such as our neighbour to the south has given rise to an overall zealous and corrupt person being in power. One just has to witness the events of the last four years in America, and in particular the last few weeks, to see the danger of this system of government. The division of head of state and head of government work rather well in Canada, with the prime minister answerable to the people on a daily basis in the House of Commons. It would serve the people of Canada well if the individual provinces would revamp their respective educational systems and bring back a total historical program outlining the role of the monarch and the duties therein that he/she fulfills. The prime minister is not even aware of the role of the monarch as was well seen in his destructive appointment of Julie Payette as governor general. God save the Queen.
Regina Silva Robinson
(Our monarchy is here to stay for the foreseeable future. But if future generations continue to feel there is no value, then it will be up to them to make the case)