Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West says the UBCM needs to cut its ties to China, citing Chinese actions against Canada.
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“If that is not influence buying, then I have some swampland to sell you,” writes Hal GenzelGreat column by Mike Smyth about the Union of B.C. Municipalities having its convention subsidized by the Chinese government. If that is not influence buying, then I have some swampland to sell you.Look at what has happened in Richmond — huge amounts of money laundered at the casino, huge condo developments with lots of mainland Chinese buyers, non-resident owners, about a half-dozen illegal ride-hailing companies for Chinese clients only, mansions used for illegal hotels, birth tourism at Richmond General.As a former Richmond resident, it makes me sad to see Richmond ruined by all the cash floating out there.Hal Genzel, Delta‘Bordering on criminal’I find it irresponsible, bordering on criminal, that B.C. municipal politicians would accept sponsorship money and free meals from the People’s Republic of China, the very people whose treatment and respect of people is totally opposite of what Canadians expect.What do these mayors and councillors think they are selling to China? Or don’t they realize that there’s no free beer — that once China knows B.C. can be bought, when will it end?I hope the local politicians think about what they are doing and tell Beijing: “Thanks, but no thanks!”Dennis Jensen, DeltaAccepting China’s money ‘inexcusable’What possible reason would there be for the Chinese government to fund a reception at the Union of B.C. Municipalities?It baffles me why the UBCM would accept money from the Chinese government, given foreign meddling in national and provincial affairs. Considering the recent actions made by Beijing against Canada, it is inexcusable for local politicians to accept money from China.Paul Spiette, Port CoquitlamThird World causes plastic pollutionLetter writer Doug Bencze is rightly concerned about the volume of plastic waste found in the world’s oceans. However, his concern that the U.S. and Japan must do more to curb their wasteful habits is misdirected.Studies have shown that more than 90 per cent of all the plastics found in the oceans come from just 10 rivers located in the Third World — two in Africa, two in India and six in Asia, all areas with huge populations and little or no waste management programs or concerns.So, the next time we feel good about ourselves not using a plastic straw at our local restaurant, we need to give our heads a shake and be concerned about the junk emanating out of the mouths of the Yangtze, the Nile and the Ganges rivers.Glen Brooks, VancouverSarcasm anyone?It is good to see Premier John Horgan and Environment Minister George Heyman continue the legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The courts and the lawyers in this province have never had it so good. Hats off to you both!Gordon von Hollen, ChilliwackHorgan should payIf Premier John Horgan wants to go to court to fight the pipeline, he should pay for the costs instead of using money taken by the government through their ridiculous and exorbitant taxes.Dan Garrett, AbbotsfordCBSA is incompetentDouglas Quan’s article regarding a human smuggling network bringing people into Canada through Peace Arch Park is unbelievable. How can the Canada Border Services Agency allow this to go on?They just have to follow the U.S. border patrol example and have CBSA agents park there in marked vehicles. The situation is a typical example of government mismanagement and incompetence.Glenn Nordal, LangleyLetters 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