Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
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The testimony given by Jody Wilson-Raybould this week, and her actions in the final months of her tenure as attorney general of Canada were truly remarkable.She showed her deepest loyalty is to her country, not to her political party or to her own self-interests.Obviously, she is not a true politician, but rather a true patriot. She is indeed a hero.Bill Hamre, EdmontonWhat about Alberta’s job losses?I am a constituent of Edmonton Centre. My MP, Liberal Randy Boissonnault, should be ashamed of himself and his pack of self-serving pit-bull colleagues for trying to discredit Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould and her actions.She is probably the most honourable politician in Canada and has set a very high standard for those seeking office to serve all Canadians and not just themselves and their ambitions.Mr. Boissonnault’s overly aggressive actions suggesting that she failed to consider the public interest, the economy and jobs is hypocritical at best.Look in the mirror, Mr. Boissonnault and ask yourself what you did for Albertans to help with 10 times the job losses compared to the paramount interests of SNC-Lavalin and Quebec. There have been dark clouds over Alberta since Mr. Sunny Ways took office.George Bogowicz, EdmontonLine of questioning was shamefulEdmonton Centre’s Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault should be ashamed of his behaviour.On Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified in front of the House justice committee regarding SNC-Lavalin, potential pressure she faced from Prime Minister Trudeau and other Liberals, and to tell her story.When the committee proceeded to questions from members, Mr. Boissonnault sought to repeatedly discredit Ms. Wilson-Raybould and her testimony. Rather than seeking clarification on facts, he tried to argue that Ms. Wilson-Raybould had an obligation to confront the prime minister regarding his actions.Mr. Boissonnault implied that if Mr. Trudeau is wrong then Ms. Wilson-Raybould should have spoken up. She did.Mr. Boissonnault became ever angrier when Ms. Wilson-Raybould neglected to buy into his shirking of responsibility while she remained cool, calm and collected. Ms. Wilson-Raybould was compelling. Mr. Boissonnault was an embarrassment.Mr. Boissonnault’s actions have made it abundantly clear that the people of Edmonton Centre do not have an MP ready to fight for his constituents, but one who would toe the Liberal line above all else.Mark Jacka, EdmontonSmall towns must retain newcomersRe. “UCP would lure immigrants to rural areas, Kenney says,” Feb. 26Immigration has long been thought to be the solution to the trend of declining populations in small towns.Preventing rural out-migration should be addressed before encouraging in-migration. Immigrants that move to rural communities have a greater likelihood of leaving when compared to immigrants that move to urban communities.Although rural communities provide greater opportunity to immigrants for entrepreneurship, they lack the same social infrastructure that urban communities can provide, such as cultural or youth centres. These types of structures are essential to create community attachment through place-based identity, which encourages new immigrants to make connections, develop families, and remain in a community.Blackfalds has one of the highest rates of population growth in Canada. They attribute their growth to the development of both new business opportunities and new facilities, such as diverse schooling, youth services, and a cultural and recreational centre.Social factors such as these should be considered in any economic policy, including the one proposed by Jason Kenney. They are vital to any community and allow families to develop a communal identity and prosper.Deborah Yee, EdmontonNeglected roads are debt tooYes, the NDP has given approval to some infrastructure projects, but those approvals should have happened years ago. And the cost of these projects is nowhere near $95 billion.I have often wondered why after 44 years of the Conservatives running oil-rich Alberta, Alberta is so far behind in its infrastructure requirements. Maybe UCP Leader Jason Kenny can give us the answer.Former PC premier Ed Stelmach broke the PC do-nothing mould by approving funding for the completion of three massive projects. The Wildrose, part of the opposition back then, slammed Stelmach for his free-spending ways.If it wasn’t for premier Stelmach’s so-called free-spending ways, Calgary wouldn’t have the Stoney Trail, Edmonton wouldn’t have the Henday, and Highway 63 would still be a dangerous two-lane goat path to Ft. McMurray.And the Wildrose is no more, because they are part of the big happy conservative tent known as the UCP that can’t seem to wrap its head around the idea that it takes a lot of money to run a province with a population of four million people.Dennis Wanechko, LeducLetters welcomeWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org