Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.
PM SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE
Re: Trudeau takes a pass on meeting this week with Trump, Lopez Obrador, online edition, July 6
Once again Trudeau showed very poor judgment in not attending this very important meeting with U.S. President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, two of Canada’s most important trading partners. This three-country trade agreement is crucial for Canada going forward and Trudeau should have been there.
We have seen questionable decIsions by Trudeau when it comes to COVID-19. He decided opening up Parliament was far too dangerous, but his attending a mass anti-racist protest on Parliament Hill was no problem, even though there was a lack of social distancing and wearing face masks. Rational decision making has often be lacking with Trudeau.
(It’s the old do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do mentality.)
THE LTC CRUELTY
Why are family of dying long-term care residents not allowed to say a last goodbye on a one-by-one basis? From my experience, only one family member is allowed to visit and all others are refused. I know of one instance where a daughter was refused entry to say goodbye to her dying father even though she tested clear of COVID-19 and would wear full PPE. She was even refused an outdoor visit behind a screen, and this is at a facility that has had no cases. However, if the family member is in hospital, visits are allowed. Why the double standard Premier Ford?
Ford uses the line that he follows his medical experts. Ford needs to tell his so-called medical experts to find a way to make this happen. They found a way to allow patios, and hair and nail salons to open, but they allow this cruelty to take place in long-term care homes.
(Our seniors deserve better.)
Re: ‘Don’t want a power grab’; Ford seeks emergency powers for up to 2 years, July 8
Commandant Ford, it has a bit of ring to it. Well, this is what he should call himself if he extends his emergency powers for up to two more years, which conveniently takes his crew right to the next election. There is absolutely no excuse for him to run roughshod over democracy by using the coronavirus as an excuse.
The frightening thing about these measures is that once a government tastes more power it is very reluctant to let it go. This is nothing but an abuse of power, trampling on the rights of citizens — or what rights they have left.
Perhaps the next thing is that he will suspend the election in the name of protecting our health. Scary stuff.
(Let’s not put the cart too far ahead of the horse.)
FINALLY, A BALANCED TRUMP COLUMN
Re: Looks like it’s time for a pro-Trump column, column, June 28
It was so nice to read a balanced Trump column for a change. Love him or hate him, the anti-Trump media coverage has been unprecedented. I always have a good laugh when I see most of the media twist even positive Trump news into dire negativity.
(To each, his or her own.)