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LETTER - Comox Valley Record letter reads like Conservative Party talking points

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Dear editor,

Patrick Bateman samples complaints in Letters to the Editor (Political change in Canada is inevitable; we should embrace it) and concludes Canadians desire political change and should embrace it because it’s inevitable anyway. Lamenting that an unnamed “theme” of some letters counters what he says is “obvious,” he helps anyone not “paying attention” by clearly stating: “any good nation should always be striving for more freedom” and for “increased wealth.”

Bateman criticizes government for making Canada’s online content “the most regulated of any industrial nation”—presumably exempting the likes of China, Russia and Iran.

The OECD, he says, puts Canada last among the world’s richest nations by 2060 when, as unpreparedness for COVID and climate change shows, we can’t predict what will happen in three years, let alone 40.

The national birth rate is “plunging,” he says, due to the affordability crisis when in fact only Canadians of European descent have for decades had a low-to-zero fertility rate and, if immigrants are counted, Canada is actually growing.

Agreed: Canada under-funds our armed forces, but I wonder what domestic circumstance Bateman thinks would make them the “ultimate insurance policy.”

No party’s named, but is it mere coincidence that his list reads like Conservative Party talking points? —except during the last domestic military deployment (to peacefully disperse “Freedom Convoys” from the Capital and vital border crossings) the CPC affected outrage. But which party qualifies its affection for immigration? Which tries to pin rising house prices on Liberal PM Justin Trudeau? Isn’t free-market fundamentalism while discounting environmental costs a right-wing tradition? Bonus points for guessing which end of the partisan spectrum champions free speech—anonymously online where public servants are regularly threatened and smeared.

Canada is already free. Those who want more than that usually mean freedom to increase their wealth, usually when they have plenty already even though many can’t afford a home. Yet those increasingly expensive homes are still selling. Obviously there’s no shortage of money but the homeless and precariously sheltered aren’t sharing in it.

Some of us do hope “change is on the horizon,” but Bateman’s innuendo doesn’t sound like what a broader sampling of Canadians want. It’s the biggest hint he’s speaking for Pierre Poilievre’s CPC Opposition.

Geoffrey Donaldson,

Denman Island





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