‘Belinda puts me in mind of Paris Hilton-an heiress who will do anything to get attention. To Peter MacKay, however, she must be more like Mata Hari.’-EieanorRoth,Edmonton

June 13 2005


‘Belinda puts me in mind of Paris Hilton-an heiress who will do anything to get attention. To Peter MacKay, however, she must be more like Mata Hari.’-EieanorRoth,Edmonton

June 13 2005


Letters to the Editor:

‘Belinda puts me in mind of Paris Hilton-an heiress who will do anything to get attention. To Peter MacKay, however, she must be more like Mata Hari.’-EieanorRoth,Edmonton

As the Hill turns

I was disappointed, but not surprised by the cover “Belinda and Peter: The whole story” (May 30). Rather than feature the real drama that occurred on Parliament Hill, you chose to feature the soap opera of Belinda Stronach’s defection to the Liberal party. You underestimate the Canadian public. There is serious political change happening in our nation, and we are interested in hearing more about how it will affect our future. Furthermore, it is media coverage like yours that dissuades women from considering a future in political life.

Shelley McKay, Ottawa

Belinda Stronach will fit right in with the Liberals: no morals and no loyalty. She needs to get a life and stop playing around. What has she ever done except be daddy’s little girl and ride on his coattails?

Joan Ogden, Sackville, N.B.

It says a lot about what is going on behind the closed doors of the Conservative party when such a high-profile person leaves in protest. This action should make Canadians wonder if Harper’s intention to bring down the government was done simply because he saw it as a chance to grab power. One thing is certain: Canadian politics has become my new favourite reality show.

Craig Zimmer, Oshawa, Ont.

Isn’t Peter MacKay the guy who merged with the Alliance party, selling out the Progressive Conservatives? Wasn’t he callous and deceitful and full of ambition when he ran for leadership of the PC party, promising not to destroy it? I say what goes around, comes around.

André Fournier, Orford, Que.

Let me get this straight: Peter MacKay gets dumped by his girlfriend and takes a taxpayer-funded, plane trip to Nova Scotia for a photo-op with his dog, and I’m supposed to feel sorry for him? I guess the next time one of the kids breaks up with their boyfriend/girlfriend, they will be entitled


to a week off school and a vacation in the Caribbean. Give me a break.

J.D. Kryk, Ottawa

Delighted to hear about Belinda Stronach crossing the floor. She was in the wrong party. If her decision was prompted by leadership ambition, so be it. Being in the right place at the right time is everything. Stronach has grace, dignity and intelligence. All she needs is more experience.

Mary Andrews, Toronto

I’m thrilled that the government survived. It’s about time people put aside their power ambitions and actually implemented what looks to be a very promising budget for Canada. There’s too much that needs to be done in Canada to spend more time, energy and money on an election that would most likely result in yet another minority government.

Tracy Cassels, New York City •

I couldn’t agree more with Paul Wells’s description of Parliament during the week of May 16 as some form of “Bizarro Dimension”—even before Stronach defected (“The twilight zone,” Politics, May 23). But to me, this dysfunctional government and all the dishonourable members are more like Sesame Street characters. Paul Martin is Big Bird, walking around aimlessly, with no point or policies. Stephen Harper is Cookie Monster: “want power, want power.” Jack Layton is Oscar the Grouch, supporting corruption, alienating voters, and Gilles Duceppe is Snuflleupagus, a mysterious entity who shows up rarely and then only when there are personal interests at issue. We the electorate, who should control these muppets’ strings, have lost our voice to their voices of scandal, irresponsibility and deceit. I will vote for anyone who shows decorum, sense and civility.

Ken Whitehead, Dartmouth, N.S.

I don’t think it was Stephen Harper’s responsibility to keep Belinda Stronach happy. Rather, she, as an elected official, had a responsibility to the constituents who voted her in under the Conservative party banner. She had other options besides taking a cabinet position in the Liberal gov-

ernment. Her decision shows a lack of integrity and maturity.

Carol Edwards, Newmarket, Ont.

Questions about Judy Sgro

Former immigration minister Judy Sgro’s claims of exoneration are premature (“We’re subject to all kinds of people making accusations,” The Maclean’s Interview, May 23). In a letter responding to Sgro’s request for private advice on fast-tracking a minister’s permit to Alina Balaican, Ethics Commissioner Bernard Shapiro said Sgro was in a conflict of interest, put there by her staff. Her office tarnished the integrity of Canada’s immigration system. Ministers are accountable for the actions of their department and staff. The commissioner further stated that he has completed his report on several other allegations of wrongdoing by the former minister. Unfortunately, the report has yet to be released and, unlike with Gomery where evidence is televised daily, we must rely on Shapiro’s report before any conclusions can be drawn. There are still important questions to be answered regarding the conduct of this former minister and her office.

Diane Ablonczy, MP, Calgary-Nose Hill, Ottawa

A royal drubbing

Between your articles on Camilla Parker Bowles in your April 11 issue and Queen Elizabeth II on your May 23 cover, a considerable part of your magazine was wasted on the so-called royal family. Why are we being subjected to the kind of drivel that is usually reserved for the tabloids in Britain? These people have little or no influence in their own country, let alone ours. Please stop writing about them, or I will be forced to subscribe to another magazine that actually discusses issues.

Chad Donnelly, Beaverton, Ont.

Your story on Queen Elizabeth II stated that, “After 52 years on the throne, she . . . has the satisfaction of knowing that only one English monarch has ever reigned for longer and that she may well cap Queen Victoria’s 64 years.” Queen Victoria actually reigned for 63 years, while George III ruled for 59 years and Henry III was on the throne for 56 years. So, they are all still ahead of Elizabeth II. Such a simple goof does not give the reader confidence in your writer’s other statements.

Clarence Simmons, Victoria

More obscene than Homolka

After reading The Maclean’s Interview with co-producer Michael Sellers about his film Deadly (“I’ve been surprised by the anger about Karla getting out,” May 30), I was greatly disturbed. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty should not be telling people to boycott the film just because it is based on the crimes of Homolka and Paul Bernardo. I agree that the subject matter is questionable. But it is important to remember that, as an adult, one has a choice as to whether or not one watches this or any other film. A ban is more obscene than anything that will appear in this movie. If you don’t like it, don’t go to watch it. But don’t dream of telling anybody else what they can or cannot choose to view.

Derek Tully, Princeton, Ont.