Letters to the Editor, May 23, 2023

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Re “Horse trading may keep deal afloat” (Brian Lilley, May 21): Instead of the taxpayers keeping these rich companies afloat, VW and Stellantis should set up a GoFundMe (U.S.) account. God help us if this is the future in which the rich corporations will blackmail the taxpayers to locate in Canada.

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Reg Davis                                                                                                                                                 Oakville

(This happens over and again — governments giving all sorts of incentives for a company to locate in their jurisdiction. The question is, do taxpayers get value out of it?)


You could almost literally feel his pain. Watching Doug Ford announce the province would pony up more money for the Stellantis battery plant in Windsor was akin to watching a family’s patriarch announce that they’d agreed to increase the ransom payment in a hostage situation. The ruthless hostage-takers (the Trudeau Liberals) knew he had no choice if he wished to save their loved one and maintain harmony within the family.

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Al Willey                                                                                                                                                  Edmonton

(Another file the Liberals messed up and they need Doug Ford to save them. Oh, the irony)


Social media and artificial intelligence are destined to destroy democracies unless stiff laws are passed similar to those that journalists and newspapers must follow. There are no legal costs related to printing untruths on social media, while technology now allows for words to come from one’s lips that are fraudulent. Totalitarian regimes use social media to discredit democracy, while causing distrust in the spoken word. Laws must be passed to protect democracy from those wishing to destroy it.

Peter J. Middlemore Sr.                                                                                                                           Windsor

(Lawmakers are always behind, and this will be no different. We aren’t even close to being prepared for what is yet to come)

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Pierre Poilievre has refused to meet with Justin Trudeau’s special appointee, David Johnston, who is responsible to look into Chinese interference into Canada’s elections. Who could blame Poilievre? The outcome of this investigation has surely been pre-determined, favouring the Trudeau government, just as was the so-called “inquiry” into Trudeau’s unjustified use of the Emergency Measures Act, conducted by another Trudeau-friendly official. Expect another reprehensible sham, paid for by Canadian taxpayers. The malodorous and repugnant “beat” simply drones on and on.

John Harley Whitlock                                                                                                                              Brantford

(And Johnston knows all that going into making the decision. Let’s hope Tuesday is the day he shows that he isn’t part of the problem)


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