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LETTERS – for Apr. 6, 2009

We Don’t Want Subsidies

In response to the letter by Mr Goetz in the March 2009 issue, I have no doubt the auto industry is huge in Ontario but what does an auto industry bailout have to do with the oil industry? People will not stop driving, they will just drive foreign cars or older cars.

I am not going into what we in the West think of unions but let’s just say that it sours us when we are asked to pay for unionized pensions and wages that are in the neighbourhood of $78 an hour.

When I speak of government regulations I’m talking mostly about the strangling restrictions that the CFIA has imposed on the cattle industry. After the first cow tested positive for BSE we should have tested every animal. The resulting boom in sales that could have been generated would have put the beef producing regions of Canada in such a healthy state that we all could have afforded to buy new cars.

We in the west are not responsible for BSE being here. The government is by its lack of due diligence in keeping BSE out of the country. That is why there is a class action lawsuit going on against them on behalf of western and eastern producers.

We are not asking for a government bailout as Mr. Goetz suggests. We are asking for the same treat-

ment as other industries whether they be in the east or west.

The problems with the ag. industry in Canada is that because of the country’s huge expanse you will inevitably get an east-west split. What is good for Eastern Canada such as supply management is definitely not good for Western Canada as we are an exporting region. We need access to foreign markets. There is no way that Eastern Canada, even with its large population, can eat all we produce.

In conclusion there is no use slinging mud at each other in the middle of an economic downturn. There are people hurting in the east and the west and our government should use every means possible to ease that hurt until better times return.

We cannot feed everyone for nothing. If this keeps going the way it is it won’t eliminate the livestock industry but the very few that are going to be left will make you pay dearly for what you are going to eat. We have to have a compromise that not only ensures Canadians have affordable safe food but that the people who grow it are able to do so at a reasonable profit.

Again, it is not government bailouts that we want. We want an ag policy that treats everyone fairly and doesn’t cater to the majority in order to form government.

LEON STANG

CACTUS LAKE, SASK.

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