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‘So what if Belinda Stronach spins photo ops. Give her credit-she could be on a beach instead of serving her constituents under tough media scrutiny.’ -EvanThompson,Toronto

May 9 2005
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‘So what if Belinda Stronach spins photo ops. Give her credit-she could be on a beach instead of serving her constituents under tough media scrutiny.’ -EvanThompson,Toronto

May 9 2005

THEMAIL

‘So what if Belinda Stronach spins photo ops. Give her credit-she could be on a beach instead of serving her constituents under tough media scrutiny.’ -EvanThompson,Toronto

Letters to the Editor: letters@macleans.ca

Election now?

Regarding “The incredible sinking Prime Minister” (Cover, April 25), the words you used—“Endless scandal; angry voters; wobbly leader; inept cabinet; paralyzed government”—sum up the dirt uncovered by the Gomery inquiry very well. I say, call an election now.

The Liberals do not deserve to govern any longer. The way they have wasted our money time after time is obscene. We are not just talking the $100 million in Adscam. What about the money they wasted on the gun registry? What about the billions wasted by Human Resources Development Canada for little or no benefit? Do we really believe the Liberals can do anything positive for the country between now and when Gomery delivers his final report?

Robert Bebluk, Richmond, B.C.

The fact that people with power and money used it to their advantage isn’t the biggest scandal in history. I would be much more impressed by Stephen Harper and his Conservative colleagues if they made an effort to get some work done despite the distraction of the Gomery inquiry. Instead, Harper seems to be spending all his time pointing fingers. Let’s hear Gomery’s conclusions before we jump into another election. Lanna-Rae Krishka, Saskatoon

In Jonathon Gatehouse’s interview with academic Andrew Stark (“ ‘A total breakdown of boundariesApril 25), Stark says that the sponsorship scandal resembles the worst corruption one finds in developing countries. Not at all—developing countries have nothing that comes close to the auditor general’s department, and even if they did, it would simply be the mouthpiece of the government,

spewing its propaganda. I believe this inquiry is an important step in cleaning up our government. Paul Martin may pay the price by losing out to the Conservatives come election time, but I think he can be proud of initiating a process that will lead to better democracy in our country.

Jim Robertson, Calgary

Stephen Harper is a smart man. I can’t believe he would be silly enough to pull the trigger on an election until he has had time to build a base in Quebec. An election now could create a situation in which there would be very little federalist representation in Quebec. In that situation, Harper runs the risk of becoming the leader to preside over the demise of the country. What a legacy that would be.

Hugh Holland, Huntsville, Ont.

Paradise lost

In your April 11 issue, a reader provided a glowing assessment of life in Cuba, with its so-called abundance of health care, education and other free-of-charge social services (“The climate in Cuba,” The Mail). The next time he visits, he should ask why so many Cubans have endangered their lives in the Atlantic, holding onto anything that floats, in order to reach the U.S., a country he disparages. And while he’s at it, he should ask himself why nobody ever risks life and limb trying to float in the other direction.

David Dagley, LaSalle, Ont.

Mission to India

I just read Mary Janigan’s column “Martin: I don’t like it” (April 25) on the foreign policy review, and her comments on India reminded me of the time I was there from 1983 to 1987 as CEO of Alcan’s operations. As a former federal cabinet minister, I was asked occasionally to explain the opportunities to visiting Canadian companies. In those days, that was not so self-evident. Today its a nobrainer. My recollections of those meetings are still clear. In the main, the Canadian business delegation knew very little about India or potential partnerships, had done no serious market analysis, and were about as prepared for meetings as your average tourist. No minister or PM can compensate for those shortcomings.

Hugh Faulkner, Carnoules, France

Facing the music

It would seem, by reading your story about Alanis Morissette and her plan to sell an acoustic version of Jagged Little Pill at Starbucks (“Isn’t it ironic”, Music, April 25), that writer Shanda Deziel has never been a Morissette fan. From her notions about who found the original 1995 album appealing and why, to her scathing account of Morissette’s career since, Deziel’s piece really missed the mark. Morissette’s transformations aren’t acts of desperation, they’re glimpses of the artist evolving and sharing her talents. After selling more than 30 million records, she doesn’t owe any of us an explanation for her actions. Ken Leavoy, St Catharines, Ont.

The Morissette piece was unnecessarily nasty and came across as a childish rant that sneered at a Canadian singer/songwriter who is not only a quality musician but also someone who has dedicated time and resources to local charities. Alanis Morissette is an excellent role model for my teenage daughters. When I see how badly we treat our talent, I wonder why they even bother to give interviews. Even if your writer, and by extension, Maclean ’s, does not appreciate Morissette’s music and her message, she deserves to be treated with respect.

Judi Tyabji Wilson, Powell River, B.C.

So much sex, so little room

I am writing in response to Amy Cameron’s article “Campus Kama Sutra” (Life, April 4)

about sex columnists in college newspapers. In the article, Cameron refers to a sex column printed in The Muse, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s student newspaper. The column received much feedback, both positive and negative. Cameron claims the editor-in-chief refused to print the second half of the article because of ruffled feathers. This is incorrect. I was the editor-in-chief. Frankly, I couldn’t have cared less how many eyebrows the column raised— really, the more the better. I refused to run the second half of the article out of space concerns. I would have made the same decision if it was on car insurance.

U Morissette is an artist evolving and sharing her talents. After 30 million records, she owes us no explanations.

Devon Wells,

St. John’s, Nfld.

That hair, those eyes

I was tempted to accuse Maclean’s of sexism in its cover story on Belinda Stronach (“Belinda billions,” April 18). Surely, I

thought, no male politician in Canada would ever have his looks, his clothing and his personal life subject to such scrutiny. Then I remembered Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The comparison, however, does Stronach no favours. Trudeau had his faults, but he never shied away from making his opinions known. Stronach seems limited to making fuzzy pronouncements on economic issues such as, “I’m passionate about... economy, jobs, prosperity, competitiveness.” Well, isn’t everyone? Is this the best the Conservatives can do? No wonder they’re in no hurry to force an election.

Ron Stewart, North Vancouver, B.C.

I reside in Ms. Stronach’s riding and, although I am not yet a supporter of the Conservative party, I am becoming a believer in Stronach herself. When I read her saying, “I believe in the right to choose same-sex marriage when it comes to civil marriage. I also believe in the rights of

churches to choose whether or not they wish to perform same-sex marriages based on their principles,” I urge her to stick to her guns. Everyone’s rights are at stake. Politicians who speak against same-sex marriage and “in defence” of the heterosexual institution of marriage are really trying to deny a very basic human choice to a group of people they don’t like. I am hopeful that Stronach’s conservative business agenda, along with her progressive social values, can soon become the agenda and values of her party and the country.

Andrew Stott, Newmarket, Ont.

Thanks for your nine-page feature on Belinda Stronach. I learned a lot. She may or may not be sleeping with Peter MacKay. She likes expensive clothes. She knows a lot of rich people. This is the kind of really deep stuff every Canadian would want to know, right?

Don Jedlic, Regina