Writer would prefer to trade government

Of course, it is the Harper government which recently took all the teeth out of environmental oversight and legislation.

In his opinion piece on Nov. 23, Colin Mayes trots out all the usual buzzwords and hyperbole surrounding the issue of trade, including “vibrant economy” and “prosperity” and other typical groupspeak propaganda.   Mayes then cites various statistics regarding the increasing volume of trade and concludes by stating that the Harper government is concerned with protecting the environment through all of this.

Of course, it is the Harper government which recently took all the teeth out of environmental oversight and legislation. And it is the Harper government, along with Mr. Mayes, who conveniently ignore the fact that, despite the current unprecedented level of global trade and trade agreements, the standard of living is in fact in decline in Canada, unemployment remains persistently high (while we import workers from China for mines in British Columbia), the Canadian economy is lurching and creaking as though it is about to fall down completely, Canadians have record levels of personal debt, and the taxpaying Canadian middle class is being wiped out as jobs are exported to countries with much lower wages and labour standards.

Who actually benefits from all of this? I see no reduction in the fat compensation packages for corporate CEOs, or for our politicians for that matter. There is nothing trickling down to the average Canadian, which of course is nothing new as trickle down economic theory is nothing but a fabrication used by the wealthy to keep the herd from stampeding.

No, the next trade agreement I wish to see in Canada is one where we trade our current “government” for one which actually cares about the average Canadian, rather than continuing to line the pockets of the one-percenters.

Rick Shea


Just Posted

UBC researchers want to hear from rural Shuswap residents on health care

Once completed, the project will inform health care planning and policy decisions

Truck rollover west of Sicamous disrupts traffic for hours

The evening rollover on May 25 temporarily halted highway traffic near the Bernie Road intersection.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Thunderstorm possible for South Okanagan

The rest of the region will enjoy a sunny day.

Photos: Over 80 competitors took part in 3D Archery Shoot

The event is hosted by the Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club

Girl, 9, out of ICU after carbon monoxide poisoning in Shuswap tent

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

KFD, COSAR rescue injured Okanagan hiker

Rescue happened after 1 p.m. on Lost Lake Trail in Kelowna after woman injured her leg

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Neighbours help save Okanagan garage fire from spreading

Neighbours knock down fire enough before BX-Swan Lake firefighters arrive to fully extinguish

Kamloops RCMP investigate violent home invasion

Police believe the incident was targeted

Letter: Sicamous Bike lanes going unused

This letter writer feels too many people are forgoing bike lanes to ride in the street

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Most Read