Today’s letters: The right to protest IS a Canadian value


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Thanks for Mohammed Adam’s response to Randall Denley’s column about recent pro-Palestinian rallies in Canada.

Adam is right to object to his colleague’s suggestion that people who come from strife-torn countries with no history of human rights and democracy have no particular knowledge of or respect for “Canadian values.” This is a dangerous assumption.

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One of the privileges of living in Canada is precisely the right to protest peacefully without the fear of reprisal, which is unfortunately a right denied to many of the world’s citizens and the reason why they come here in the first place.

Catherine Devonport, Ottawa

Gatherings aren’t always ‘protests’

Thank you for your excellent column on Canadian values.

It’s an essential Canadian value to demonstrate for causes we believe in, good things we want to see done. It underlies the value of protesting against things that need to be disapproved. By calling every motivated gathering a “protest,” journalists and publishers do careless harm. They feed antagonism and invite hate.

Identifying the “demonstration” and its purpose gives understanding and invites curiosity. It quells hate. It creates safety for democratic political expression. Thanks for your positive accuracy.

Tim Lash, Ottawa

Alberta’s CPP logic is askew

Re: Alberta deserves more than half CPP assets if it exits program: report, Sept. 21.

Albertans, especially the Conservatives, have been talking about leaving Canada for decades, so this rush to an Alberta Pension Plan should be no surprise. But under what convoluted logic can Albertans believe that they are entitled to 53 per cent of CPP assets? That is, to use an Albertan turn of phrase, simply bull excrement.

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Alberta is entitled to a share based on its contributions to the CPP as a percentage of all such contributions over the last 50-plus years. Moreover, there is nothing in the CPP legislation that states that these monies need to be returned instantly; the federal government could reasonably take 20 or more years to repatriate those monies.

Under Alberta’s logic, if Ontario also withdrew from the CPP the two provinces would be entitled to more than 100 per cent of CPP assets. And that is more bull—  and obviously impossible.

Gary L. Cohen, Nepean

Trudeau should just call election

Re: ‘Absolutely not’: Trudeau closes door on more carve-outs or exemptions for carbon tax, Oct. 31.

I fail to understand how our prime minister can stand up in question period and with a straight face give his explanation of why he waived the carbon tax on home-heating fuel for the eastern provinces. He did this for political reasons due to the number of Liberal seats in those provinces.

He must resign or call an election.

Stan Painter, Kanata

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