Regarding your Canada article Little House on the Prairie (Dec. 20): we are very thankful that people such as Roy and Jean Luyendyk devote all their time, prayer and energy to taking care of forgotten and unwanted children. In this world of hate and destruction it is a wonderful thing to know that somebody cares. We hear of many families falling apart these days. And the children, never used to discipline, become unruly. Then, when they come into contact with people like the Luyendyks who use parental discipline, the state all of a sudden gets into the picture.
— PETER AND ANNE KUIPER, Stratford, Ont.
Lougheed: a sure thing
As someone who was at least on the fringes of the federal Progressive Conservative party for a number of years, I share the frustration expressed in Allan Fotheringham’s column of Dec. 13, The Nearsighted Tory Incarnate. But, unlike Fotheringham, I feel somewhat optimistic. Apparently the typical delegate now attending Conservative meetings is more representative of the population at large than were the youth delegates who made up the margin of difference at the 1976 and 1981 conventions which elected and protected Joe Clark. It has always been my feeling that the greatest failure of the PC party over the past 40 years (with the exception of George Drew) has been its unerring instinct in choosing a leader significantly to the left of its rank and file. Recent polls indicate that Alberta’s Peter
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Lougheed is the most popular politician in the nation. If Fotheringham is so desirous of the Conservatives replacing the present mess in Ottawa, I cannot understand why he feels it would be a mistake for the delegates in Winnipeg to replace a dud with a sure thing.
— STANLEY S. SCHUMACHER, Drumheller, Alta.
The Progressive Conservative party’s present lead in the public opinion polls will be gone the way of 50-cents-a-gallon gas if it re-elects Joe Clark as its leader in Winnipeg this month. The reason for the Tory popularity in the polls is as much a result of anticipation of Clark’s departure as of the country’s dissatisfaction with the Liberal machine. If the delegates cannot see that, perhaps they deserve their fate of always being the bridesmaid and seldom the bride.
—CHARLES FRASER, Waterville, N.S.
Bill S-31: malice aforethought
Peter C. Newman is of course right in seeing Bill S-31 as Phase 1 of the private sector’s smash-and-grab raid on the largest pool of publicly run capital in Canada (Ottawa's New War With Quebec, Business Watch, Dec. 20). What is less clear is whether Pierre Trudeau, in resuscitating the Senate and in undertaking unconvincingly to defend the legislation on “constitutional” grounds, did not proceed with malice aforethought to cast the jubilant old private sector pigs in an unflattering light. Mr. Trudeau has never feared “creeping nationalization” before: Petrocan seems to be galloping along. Mr. Trudeau has to be putting us on. He is deliberately spoiling for a national debate with his S-31. —DAVID ALEXANDER MITCHELL,
Taking care of the North
The Dec. 6 Canada article The Troubled Northern Dream gives the impression that the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration (COGLA) does not care about the environment and socioeconomic issues in the North. This is entirely false. I tried to convey to your reporter that COGLA receives advice on these issues from a separate branch of the department of Indian and northern affairs and that it is not in COGLA’s mandate to duplicate a consultative process already well in place. If your reporter had read our testimony before the Senate Committee on Northern Pipelines, it would have been clear that all of the issues that she insinuates COGLA is ignoring are fully and properly addressed in the total government process. In addition, I find it surprising that the article accuses COGLA of having “Oil Patch fever.” I doubt if you would find any oil company with that opinion—in fact, several industry representatives have expressed concern with extremely rigorous environmental and socioeconomic conditions that they are required to meet. Lastly, I am 52 years old (not 62) and I was not lured to my present position with two suppers.
—M.E. TASCHEREAU, Administrator, Canada Oil and Gas, Lands Administration, Ottawa
Senior writer Linda Diebel and her team of correspondents have put together a brief but well-researched report on the threat to our Arctic environment and to the people of the North. If Maclean's was ever in need of an editorial “cause,” this could be it. Maurice Taschereau must be the toast of the boardrooms of the large corporations involved in the exploitation of the treasures of this precarious frontier.
— ARTHUR GORDON, Montreal
Events of importance?
Regarding the Passage about Barbara Amiel’s appointment to the editorship of The Toronto Sun (Dec. 6): surely in a country as diverse as Canada there must have been events of greater importance. After all, if Maclean's has not yet stooped to reporting changes in the National Enquirer's staff, why should it begin printing the happenings of its Canadian equivalent? — PHILIP DEMONT,
No sympathy for fanatics
The majority of the 100,000 Sikhs in Canada, as your reporter says (Immigration, A New Battlefield for India's
Sikhs, Dec. 6), are peace-loving, lawabiding individuals who have little sympathy for the Khalistan movement and Dal Khalsa in India. A few hundred crackpots and fanatics, through their violence, militancy and financial support, are not only defiling India but also Canada, the country they have chosen. Canada is sometimes too lenient in dealing with these traitors. They should be deported to India to fight for their cause— and soon! —R.S. SHARMA,
Crane Valley, Sask.
America’s MX missile
I have finally figured out why Pierre Trudeau wants to remain in office. After reading How to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Cover, Dec. 6), I have come to the conclusion that the prime minister wishes to guarantee his spot in the “Diefenbunker.” — JANIS JAFFE,
So, only 11 million of us may be sacrificed to “nauseated, agonized deaths” while this mighty MX missile continues on, with the capability of destroying another 17,640 Hiroshimas. How may we, as Canadians, express our gratitude for the moment that we were able to assist in the creation of this terrific god? Better dead than red, eh?
As Willy Brandt, chairman of the Brandt Commission, has stated: “He who wants to ban war must also ban mass poverty. Morally it makes no difference whether a human being is killed in war or is condemned to starve to death because of the indifference of others.” —DAVID FINNIS,
Respect for seals?
Three cheers for the insight evident in the article Seal Wars: the Final Battle? (Canada, Dec. 6). It is a frustrating situation when those who obviously cannot—or will not—understand the right of the seal hunters to the annual hunt can deprive these people of their incomes as well as make judgments on their culture. As the wife of an avid hunter and trapper I can well appreciate the fact that, in all likelihood, those who hunt the seals have far greater knowledge of, and respect for, the species—and the environment in general—than all the bleeding hearts in Hollywood combined.—LAURIE GOLDEN, Tobermory, Ont.
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