Then-British foreign secretary Boris Johnson (left) and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at a NATO summit heads of state and government meeting in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2017.
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“No doubt the task ahead to sort out the Brexit imbroglio will not be an easy one …, but surely a far more daunting set of circumstances faced the incoming leader in May 1940,” writes Bernie SmithJust watched Boris Johnson addressing his caucus and others in his Conservative and Unionist Party who voted for him to become the next British prime minister. He quoted a newspaper report, saying he was a devoted reader of a great British brand, that said: “No incoming leader has ever faced such a daunting set of circumstances.”No doubt the task ahead to sort out the Brexit imbroglio will not be an easy one for Johnson and his team, but surely a far more daunting set of circumstances faced the incoming leader in May 1940. That’s when Winston Churchill took over as prime minister from Neville Chamberlain, with the Second World War about nine months old.Johnson was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, and no doubt learned a lot about that daunting set of circumstances in 1940, and how they were dealt with by the coalition government of the day.Bernie Smith, ParksvilleCFL attendance patheticA letter writer pointed out recently that part of the problem for the Canadian Football League is a lack of fan support. I agree! In particular, he twice pointed a finger at the Toronto Argonauts and the lack of fan support in that city.His other fingers in my opinion should be pointing directly back at the city of Vancouver’s pathetic show of support for the B.C. Lions.Only 17,000 and change for the last game, in a stadium that seats close to 59,000. Disgraceful!Routinely, fan support for the B.C. Lions’ games closely match those attending games at BMO, give or take 5,000. With huge areas of empty seats at BMO and B.C. Place, our games resemble a U.S. high school crowd or local baseball game. And we telecast these professional football games to the world with half-empty stadiums. How embarrassing!So, never mind pointing at hapless Toronto. Concentrate your finger-pointing at the two million-plus Vancouver residents, being a co-culprit to our declining fan base.Colin Blackburn, AbbotsfordNeed alternatives for electric bus fleetsBrian Barnes from Steveston “cannot believe” Canadians purchasing BYD contracts to build electric buses for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).Why the outrage? Aren’t we supposed to embrace a free-market society? If China wants to ban Canadian exports, Canadians have every right to ban Chinese bus exports too — yet they have chosen not to.Could it be perhaps that no other better electric bus alternatives currently exist? Isn’t it better to write a letter to the Toronto mayor and TTC design engineers and management instead, offering advice on how to make better electric bus fleet purchasing decisions?Better yet, start up your own electric bus company and sell your offerings to the TTC.Brian Lee, CoquitlamPut Canadian taxpayers firstOur federal government is wasting our tax dollars on foreign aid. In 2018, the federal government paid out $6.1 billion in foreign aid, on top of the $5.6 billion it paid out in 2017.Canada gives out foreign aid to over 80 countries worldwide. Some examples for 2018 are:• Afghanistan: $254,028,156• Iraq: $106,255,020• South Sudan: $101,478,283• Yemen: $74,488,348• India: $64,817,243Canada has serious problems, whether it’s the decline of our middle class, our mistreated veterans, seniors living in poverty, not to mention healthcare system deficiencies, crime, crumbling infrastructures and a Canada-wide homeless population. That $6.1 billion could go a long way toward improving each of those problems.That is what taxpayer money is supposed to be for. We don’t pay taxes to give money away to other countries. We pay taxes for our own country. The money we spend on foreign aid should instead be spent on the Canadian people.It is time to put Canadian taxpayers first. Unbelievable!Joe Sawchuk, DuncanLetters 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.