NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates his Burnaby South byelection win.
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Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh deserves congratulations for his victory after a hard-fought campaign in Burnaby South. Now he will get an opportunity to showcase his speaking skills and hold the government’s feet to the fire in the House of Commons.Singh is a well-informed, smart and articulate leader. He will need all of his energy and expertise in tackling many of the challenges that are staring the NDP in the face. I wish him well.Balwant Sanghera, RichmondNo justice with JustinTo be clear, it is not the House of Commons justice committee, it’s the House of Commons Justin committee because Trudeau has managed and manipulated this committee from the outset.From a handpicked new Quebec justice minister — no possible conflict of interest there — to dictating who can ask questions, what questions can be asked and answered, how long the session will run, etc., his hands are all over the process.With four ethics violations already over his Aga Khan vacation, nothing the prime minister says can be believed. It’s just more of the same.Jodene Hill, BurnabyBone spurs healed?Donald Trump finally went to Vietnam — albeit 50 years too late. Good thing his bone spurs are better.Jerry Steinberg, Surrey‘Makes me sick’This country is really screwed up. Free drugs for addicts to reduce deaths?What about free drugs for diabetics, cancer patients, heart patients … the list goes on and on.Money is wasted on drug addicts and not used to help law-abiding citizens. It makes me sick!Brian Barnes, StevestonSurrey has more transit than othersIn response to Alan Kuhnert’s Feb. 26 letter to the editor complaining about transit levels in Surrey, at least Surrey gets some SkyTrain lines. In Delta, South Surrey and White Rock, we get nothing but the displeasure of paying for it.Premier John Horgan decided to throw $100 million into the trash — money already spent on the Massey Bridge proposal — moved that future spending to the Pattullo Bridge, which serves NDP ridings, while the tunnel will continue to sit with two-hour lineups.The mayors’ council is a joke. Only Vancouver and Surrey count. The rest of us just get taxed for transit but get zero benefits.Hal Genzel, DeltaSnake oil to HondurasOne news story that hasn’t received enough coverage is the stupidity of the federal government to spend $350,000 in foreign aid money to train people in Honduras in homeopathy. (Quebec-based Terre Sans Frontières is spending the Global Affairs Canada aid money “to dispatch more than a dozen volunteer homeopaths to Honduras over five years,” according to the CBC.)It is ludicrous that under the pretext of helping people we are exporting quackery and pseudoscience as “foreign aid.”Honduras doesn’t need what amounts to snake oil sellers of false hope.Robert Rock, MissionTax dollars wastedWhy did the powers that be decide it was necessary to drop the ice-shedding chains on the Port Mann Bridge suspension cables? There has been no snow or ice buildup that I’ve seen, and I cross the bridge twice a day.Now taxpayers have to foot the bill for an expensive rope-access crew to retrieve those chains. Who makes these decisions to waste copious amounts of our tax dollars? All this because the heat trace on these cables was deleted for cost savings during the bridge construction.Not much savings now.D’Arcy Leoppky, Maple RidgeLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.