Wine and the Conservatives

March 11, 2015   ·   0 Comments

An open letter to MPP Sylvia Jones

The Orangeville Citizen printed an editorial (5 March) criticizing the Ontario Liberal government for favouring two large wineries – one US-owned – with considerably lower tax rates than other wineries.

I note as well that we don’t yet have free trade among provinces, though we do enjoy free trade with other nations.  In particular, it is an offence to move British Columbia wine into Ontario unless it can be found and bought in the LCBO.

As the number of BC wines carried by the LCBO is typically only four, that option is a joke.

The Liberal government also prefers electrical energy generated by inefficient foreign-owned Samsung wind turbines, rather than buying much cheaper electrical energy ready-made from Quebec and Manitoba.

I hope that, when a Progressive Conservative government is elected, it will make free domestic trade a priority and eliminate any kickback-generated biases embedded in government tax treatments.

Charles Hooker

East Garafraxa


War – more than fighting with guns

War is more than just fighting with guns, knives and bombs. There is another even more dangerous, destructive war going on right now and it has been going on for a long time in our modern society, that is a war of words, and it is getting worse! Words are powerful!

People use words as weapons these days to abuse, attack, bully, belittle, con, criticize, demean, destroy, lie, manipulate and threaten innocent people! Words should be either positive, kind, loving, caring, comforting, hopeful, inspirational, uplifting or you shouldn’t say anything at all. My parents used to say something that is still very relevant to-day.

My dad was a newspaper reporter and a brilliant writer and he knew the power of words. He taught me a lot about that and I never, ever forgot about it since I was a little girl. “The pen is mightier than the sword”, he used to say when I was a child, and I never, ever forgot those wise words.

Choose your words wisely, treat others the way you want to be treated. Live every day by the golden rule! Set a good example every single day. You don’t who is listening you your words and watching your actions. Make sure they match, do what is right. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Be honest and have integrity. Be ethical.

Roberta Dewar-Babcock, B.A. N.C


Angry and sad

Today I am angry, sad, disappointed, and appalled.  Not with you or your party this time.  Rather, by the incredulous position taken today by the Liberal/NDP “team”.  They have vociferously, and in unison, whined & demanded a national inquiry into the death of yet another brave Canadian soldier.

Surely their position is near treasonous.  How disgusting are these people?  They would rather try to score political points than praise unconditionally & unequivocally the death of one of our own.  They claim that they “want to be certain it was not our fault”.


I, for one, worship the best, most professional, most courageous soldiers in the world.  This is a time for a nation to come together in grief.  God bless our dead soldier and his family.

Ian Fairley


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