Today’s Letters: On the NDP-Liberal Arrangement; and the Ukrainian war

As a progressive voter, I am delighted with the agreement in principle between the Liberals and the NDP to stabilize a progressive government over the next three years. Just over half of Canadians voted for these two parties in 2021, while less than a third voted for the Conservative Party, which ceded its progressive wing in a 2003 merger.

This new coalition bringing together a center-left and a left-wing party seems entirely appropriate, as their socially liberal platforms are so similar. What I would call a far-right populist movement, led by those who call liberals everything from ‘socialists’ to ‘fascists’, has been thwarted, or at least halted, bringing us back to some sort of normality in government .

Let’s see what the Hardened Liberals can accomplish in three years, by which time they will be rightfully judged by the electorate.

Peter Haley, Ottawa

This deal undermines democracy

In the last election, the federal Liberals formed the government with the lowest popular vote in Canadian history. Only 32.6% of those who voted wanted a Liberal government. The corollary is that 67.4% did not.

If that wasn’t enough, after the deal between the Liberals and the NDP, the de facto leading party in government will be the NDP, with Jagmeet Singh in charge even though the NDP received a meager 17.8% of the popular vote. . . So much for democracy.

The Shinders, Ottawa

A return from the Rhinoceros Festival, does that tell you?

As the Liberals and New Democrats join forces, I feel lost and confused.

I had abandoned the Conservatives since they became the Republican Party of Canada and was looking for a new place to park my vote. I didn’t like it, but I was watching the New Democrats. Now that won’t work because they’ve gone liberal.

I guess the Green Party can be an alternative. I wonder what happened to the Rhinoceros Party. With the new alliance, I guess we better pull out our wallets and hope that

Mike Deane Freeman, Petawawa

Conservatives caught in contradictions

It’s pretty rich that Candice Bergen can stand in the House of Commons accusing the Liberals and the NDP of brokering a deal that essentially props up Vladimir Putin’s murderous regime while she, Pierre Poilievre and many other conservatives had no problem posing for photos with members of the Freedom Convoy, some of whom called for the overthrow of an elected government.

Frank A. Pelaschuk, Alexandria

Here’s why the police bill is so high

Subject: City estimates convoy occupation costs $36.3 million, mostly in policing, March 18.

Several times during the weeks when the convoy blocked downtown, I walked my dog ​​in and around Bank Street. We would stop and talk to the protesters. I remember my amazement to see the Ottawa Police patrolling in groups of six or more when I, a 77-year-old woman, felt no fear. No wonder the police department bill is so inflated.

Pat Marshall, Ottawa

Ontario Must Properly Support Home Care

Subject: Ontario’s publicly funded home care urgently needs help, March 23.

The pandemic has brought to light the problems of long-term care facilities, not only because some are poorly managed, but also because they are neither the best nor the only solution to meet the needs of an aging population.

Recently, the Ontario government has invested a lot of money in building new long-term care homes and renovating existing long-term care homes. However, it has done little or nothing to support home care, the preferred option for many older people. Home care can also reduce expenditures on public funds as older people become less mobile. On the social level, it can keep many seniors in their community, where a real cross-generational mix benefits everyone.

Aging in place requires the assistance of a publicly funded home-based system that compensates carers fairly and, at the same time, provides good service to clients. It is essential to creating a well-rounded approach to care for the elderly.

We desperately need our provincial government to recognize and act to properly fund this underfunded and neglected service in our province.

Howard Clark, Ottawa

Alternatives to Taxis for the Disabled

D:Taxi companies deceive the disabled, March 24.

To the letter writer frustrated with poor taxi service, may I suggest trying one of the excellent driving services available in Ottawa?

Several businesses cater to the senior and/or disabled community. The cost is a bit more than a taxi, but the service is so much better. Most companies have first aid trained drivers with an onboard defibrillator and police checks for driving vulnerable people. I have used Wheels for the Wise for over 15 years and have never been disappointed.

Susan Buller, Ottawa

Do not trap the homeless in traditional shelters

Subject: New Salvation Army center vital for Ottawa’s most vulnerable, March 18.

The proposed Salvation Army mega centre/shelter for Vanier seems like an outdated approach to homelessness. In many parts of the world, the focus is on Housing First. Just invest in affordable housing and mental health support. Please don’t trap homeless people in shelters.

Louise McCormick, Ottawa

Putin’s actions mimic those of JFK

Subject: US prepares plans in case Russia uses chemical and nuclear weapons, March 24; and Joly says military spending must increase, March 23.

Twice in my life I have seen a president-elect express security concerns because a growing power was about to plant missiles near his country. He and his advisers realized that the presence of high-powered enemy missiles nearby changed the balance of power as his country’s retaliatory forces would have less time to react. Both presidents made it clear that they were prepared to go to war to prevent the expansion.

In the first instance, President John Kennedy negotiated with his counterparts in the Soviet Union and they took his security concerns seriously; both countries withdrew some of the missiles that threatened the other. There was no use of military force. No one died.

In the second case, Vladimir Putin’s security concerns were not taken seriously. Instead, his ideas were ridiculed as unrealistic and impossible. Putin’s concerns, which are just as substantial as Kennedy’s, are dismissed as irrational. Millions of Ukrainians were driven from their country and thousands of people on both sides died.

There are other contrasts. We are told that Ukraine is not a threat to Russia; no one suggested that tiny Cuba was not a threat to the American giant. We are told that Ukraine, as a sovereign country, has the right to choose its alliances; no one suggested that Cuba, also a sovereign country, had the right to choose its alliances.

In the first case, diplomacy led to partial disarmament and the world relaxed. In the present case, NATO chooses to reinforce its armaments and Russia is certain to see in the new battalions on its border a threat. Rearmament will trigger a very dangerous vicious circle in which Russia will respond by building up its military and NATO will respond again.

Serious diplomacy could still stop this horrible war. NATO must recognize that Putin’s security concerns are just as serious as Kennedy’s. Both sides should seek a mutual disarmament solution. The current approach of ever-increasing sanctions and increasingly threatening military moves is destroying Ukraine and the lives of its citizens. Only a change of strategy can end the suffering. We have to ask ourselves if we are interested in helping the Ukrainians or hurting the Russians.

David Lorge Parnas, Ottawa

The war of words does not accomplish much

Andrew Cohen was on target. But Neville Chamberlain comes to mind as a reminder of what “words” mean to tyrants. As NATO and journalists continue to wage a war of words, we see Vladimir Putin ruthlessly waging a war of real destruction.

It’s time to step in physically and do something other than maintain Putin’s bank accounts and just talk.

Reverend Ron Grossman, Blackburn

The global community can no longer hesitate

Thank you, Howard Mann, for so clearly outlining the NATO actions needed to stop Putin’s genocidal war in Ukraine: “Planes in the air and boots on the ground. NATO leaders and the global community can no longer hesitate but must act now to end the brutal attacks on the Ukrainian state and society, aimed at destroying its institutions, infrastructure and way of life, while forcing millions of people to flee.

Lydia Replansky, Ottawa

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