Serge Biln, Kerry Starchuk, Robert Ingves, Ann Merdinyan and Gary Liu (left to right) spearheaded a petition in 2018 to have the federal government stop birth tourism in B.C.
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“Too many people plan their births in our country just to be able to live here and enjoy all the benefits we enjoy,” writes Tom DuncanI strongly agree with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who seems determined to put an end to the ridiculous policy of allowing any child born in Canada to be an immediate Canadian citizen.Too many people plan their births in our country just to be able to live here and enjoy all the benefits we enjoy. We should not allow this, as we have enough real Canadians who need help, and our services and assistance should not go to these people who plan their trips to us so they can give birth and move here.Tom Duncan, ChilliwackBirth tourism operators pay taxes?I’ve often wondered how the proprietors operating the houses housing the pregnant women who get off the plane to have their babies declare their income to the Canada Revenue Agency? Surely, these women are paying for accommodations before they go into labour.I wonder what category that type of business falls under when filing their business taxes? Or is it not declared and it’s just tax evasion?Danny George, Surrey
Some of the ads running on Chinese websites that extol the benefits of giving birth in Canada.
Plecas mostly wrongI’m underwhelmed with the findings of the legislature spending scandal. While rolled out with Kardashian fanfare, a measly 25 per cent of Speaker Darryl Plecas’s accusations were confirmed. What was the opportunity cost of his year-long investigation to his personal job performance?James retired, apparently, with the $257,000 self-created special retirement benefit intact, his pension and no requirement to refund B.C. taxpayers for the fancy suits and other ill-gotten gains. Why is that? When is enough enough?It’s no bloody wonder politicians and government employees are vilified. The whole thing stinks of a Plecas revenge smear, with James outed for what they are probably all doing behind our backs.Fran Berry, Prince GeorgeHow to pay for roads?B.C. Hydro claims that the cost of operating electric vehicles is less than gas-powered cars. Charging your car from your house power source will almost certainly push you up to Level 2 on your consumption, thereby costing you more. Hydro can and does increase their rates often.With gas, you have a choice to fill up in the evening, when gas is up to 10 cents per litre less than in the morning, fill up outside Metro Vancouver, fill up in the U.S.Where do people think the various levels of government and TransLink are going to get their hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue when people change to EVs? From an annual tax of several hundred dollars when you reinsure your vehicle through — who else — ICBC? My next new car will not be an EV; a hybrid, maybe, but definitely not an EV.Rob Fisher, Burnaby
A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa earlier this month.
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Isitt is a GrinchSo, Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt is on a mission to eliminate horse-drawn carriages from the streets of beautiful downtown Victoria. First he wanted to eliminate everything related to Christmas, and now this.The carriages have been an iconic part of Victoria and Vancouver Island tourism for decades. Tourists come from all over the world to view and ride in a piece of history — an idyllic ride through some of the most beautiful streets and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.It is time that Isitt the Grinch directed his energy to something that would benefit Victoria instead of working to take cherished things away.Al Reimer, SardisLetters 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.