Canadians have a right to be worried about the effects of immigration policy, says reader.
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Brian Budd claims that criticism of our immigration policy and illegal immigration are ideas of the far right and are thus beyond the boundaries of acceptable discourse (Starving online trolls won’t stop far right, Vancouver Sun, April 20).Where does he get that from? The Trudeau government is increasing our annual intake of immigrants to the unsustainably high level of 360,000 per year. This same government has also abandoned its legal responsibility to protect the integrity of our borders.As a result, tens of thousands of indigent illegal aliens are now pouring into this country.We have a right to be worried about the effects this reckless irresponsibility is having on our social services, the quality of our lives and the continued cohesion of our society.But Budd insinuates that when we express our concerns, we verge on neo-fascism. This is absurd and ill-intentioned. Casting slurs like this is not only divisive, it also slams the door on responsible discussion of these critically important issues.Joseph Hind, North VancouverGas taxes mysteriousWhen I go into any store to buy anything, the signs and tags show me the price at which the vendor sells the product. When I reach the cashier, taxes are added to give me the final cost.When I drive into a gas station, however, the large signs show me the final pump price, all taxes included.I wonder what the public reaction would be if the signs showed the vendor’s actual selling price, and taxes were only added at the end of the transaction like any other product from every other vendor. I suggest that the vast majority of people, myself included, have no idea what the various taxes and tax rates are on gasoline.Bill Fane, North VancouverPedestrians take careMemo from the Give Your Head a Shake department.First, nobody wants to see a pedestrian hit by a car. Having said that, this notion to reduce speed limits to 30 km/h penalizes drivers, and enables pedestrians to avoid accepting responsibility.Dark clothing on a rainy night and jaywalking without regard to traffic impose unrealistic demands on drivers.Contrary to the mythology in some circles, drivers are not out to nail pedestrians. The idea to reduce the speed limit on city streets by 40 per cent is ridiculous. It would increase travel time by the same 40 per cent and add 40 per cent more pollution to the atmosphere.Give your head a shake.Jobst Bode, VancouverShare the sidewalksEach day, I look forward to walking on the seawall, rain or shine, as it is my exercise.As a senior, getting to the seawall is another story. Navigating the sidewalk has become more and more difficult as I battle people walking four abreast, dogs, strollers, sandwich boards, and those in wheelchairs and running along in their scooters.It would be wonderful if I heard the words “excuse me” when someone whips by me on the right because they are going faster than I am. Not to mention those that are on their devices and I have to tell them to watch where they are going.Perhaps there should be a sign that says “Share the sidewalk” as well as “Be considerate and polite to others.”And please pick up after your dog.Sandra Waserman, VancouverAlberta voters misrepresentedAlberta’s election results are another glaring example of the way the will of the voters is ignored by first past the post.Yes, the UCP won the election. It’s hard to ignore 55 per cent voter approval. However, the results do not reflect what Albertans wanted and voted for.Under a fair and proportional system, the UCP would have received 48 seats, not 63. The NDP would have received 28 seats, not 24. And, the seatless Alberta Party would have received eight seats, not zero. This last result is the most egregious because 152,000 voters, nine per cent, have no representation in the new government.How is that democracy in action?Daryl Sturdy, VancouverLetters to the editor should be sent to email@example.com. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com