Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary is making a political comeback after losing his job during the SNC-Lavalin ‘scandal’.
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Province readers weigh in on the issues of the daySix months or so since the SNC-Lavalin thing preoccupied media outlets, and got commentators all in a lather, there remain no criminal charges laid by the RCMP despite Andrew Scheer’s clarion call by way of an open letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.And there has been no rebuke handed down by ethics commissioner Mario Dion either.A not unreasonable conclusion from this lack of action by the respective authorities is that there is simply no scandal there. For a thing to be called a scandal requires more than just a smirk and unsubstantiated barbs thrown about by the likes of Conservative Party MP Pierre Poilievre.Gerald Butts is back in the game of politics to play a role in this fall’s election campaign for the federal Liberals. Good for him. He paid a heavy price, and paid it voluntarily, for what clearly amounts to much ado about nothing.Trevor Amon, VictoriaTourists flock to Alaska to see glaciers before they disappearI read, in the July 22 edition of The Province, that tourists are flocking to Alaska to see the glaciers before they are gone. I’m so glad I beat the rush.I went on an Alaskan cruise four or five years ago, in June. It was so pristine there. So surreal to see and hear the glaciers calving into the ocean. Many on board said this usually didn’t occur until late July. I looked back, down the inlet, and noticed several more cruise ships waiting their turn while billowing huge flumes of black diesel smoke into the atmosphere.We, on board, wondered why the calving started so early that year. Just lucky, I guess.Derek Dyck, LangleyNDP should stand up to taxi lobbyIf there is one thing that is ingrained in the DNA of the NDP, it is union support and the protection, rights and improved well-being of workers. This year, the NDP even went so far as to insist that public infrastructure projects should employ union labour only, a decision that raises costs for taxpayers.Given this, it is hard to understand the government going out of its way to protect the taxi industry, an industry that does not come close to the working conditions of union shops. There are some 2,000 taxi licences in the Lower Mainland, valued at about $1 million each, and owned by only around 100 licence holders. These owners seem to be wealthy people who employ several thousand drivers who are generally deemed to be independent contractors. These contractors have minimal employment benefits, no sick time, no holiday pay, no job protection, no employment insurance. Many are working 10-hour shifts or longer, strictly on commission.If the NDP wants to keep any credibility of demanding that taxpayers spend extra millions on public projects by using only union labour, they must stand up to the taxi lobby and drop the protection of this outdated monopoly.Hans Opelka, North VancouverLet’s get these projects doneI just would like to state that I agree with Bill Davis’s comments on the NDP and their ride-hailing platform.Let’s “get ‘er done” and quit dragging our heels over this. It is done everywhere else in the world, why not here?Also, let’s quit stalling on this pipeline as well. We are just wasting more time, and money, going back and forth to court to fight something that has already been approved.As for the NDP being the laughingstock of the world? Bill, that title has already been taken by the leader of our next door neighbours.David Reid, BurnabyLetters 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.