Hot! PM’s priorities out of touch

TheStar.com – opinion/letters
Published On Thu Jan 19 2012.   Randy Gostlin / Cathy Kalisiak

Re: Canadians face ‘tough choices,’ PM says, Jan. 16

I guess we’re fortunate to have a tough, level-headed economist at the helm. Obviously cuts must be made but, as we all know, some things are just too important to be left behind. I’m sure we can trust the Harper government to keep its priorities in order.

Tax cuts for Big Business, support for Big Oil, the purchase of F-35s, the building of new prisons — these are the things Canadians want and need. It’s time to take a scalpel to all those useless programs involving education, health care, government services, social programs and the environment.

And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of that useless freedom of information nonsense. I sure by now we all know we can trust our government to put our taxes into the things that matter and serve those who matter.

Randy Gostlin, Oshawa

The Conservative government inherited a surplus and created a record deficit. They are asking for Canadians to tighten their belts in order to compensate for their spending spree and corporate tax cuts.

Canadians named health care as their number one federal election issue, yet, the Conservatives have chosen to cut Health Care Transfers and abandon their health care responsibilities.

Canadians care about the environment but they are cutting many jobs at Environment Canada, which include climate change and toxic chemical research positions, jobs that produce scientific facts that may not favour the oil sands pipeline expansions.

They cut many jobs at Service Canada processing centres and reduced the number of locations causing Canadians to wait longer for EI payments. They have mentioned possible cuts to CPP.

Taxpayers want their money to be spent on things all Canadians need, want and use like health care, the environment, CPP and job creation.

Cathy Kalisiak, Waterloo

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